Hate preacher Abu Hamza launches ‘make or break’ US legal battle to challenge terror jail sentence

ABU Hamza has launched a “make or break” legal bid to overturn his terror convictions.

The hook handed hate preacher was found guilty of supporting terrorism and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Hamza was convicted on 11 terrorism charges in 2015
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The 60-year-old has now written to his lawyer Michael Bachrach  from the ADX Florence ‘supermax’ prison where he’s banged up to say he wants to appeal against his 2015 convictions.

In the letters, seen by the Daily Telegraph, Hamza says: “It is a make or break matter; I have no choice as I have no more room for manoeuvre. I am asking for the sincere effort not the result.”

Hamza – whose real name is Mustafa Kamel Mustafa – also appears to accuse Mr Bachrach of ignoring requests for information about his appeal in October.

The ruling led to two of Hamza’s 11 charges – relating to helping one of his followers travel to Afghanistan to join Al Qaeda in 2000 – being overturned.

“Dear Michael, I hope you are okay. I have not heard from you in some time. I never received any of what I have been requested for ages despite I sending you many reminders.”

Mr Bachrach said has written to Hamza letters and attempted to call him.

‘MAKE OR BREAK’

But explained that the level of security at the ADX Florence prison in Colorado meant communicating with his client was difficult.

He said Hamza is now preparing to challenge the remaining charges in the US Supreme Court.

The hate preacher’s petition for an appeal would be filed in the next two months and if approved, judges will rule on Hamza’s case in the next two years, he said.

Egyptian-born Hamza first came to Britain on tourist visa then worked as a bouncer at strip clubs in Soho.

He reportedly lost his hands as the result of an explosion fighting in Afghanistan.

Hamza gained notoriety when he was based at the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London.

Along with radical supporters he consolidated his grip on the mosque and held prayers on the streets when he was kicked out.

He was questioned several times by Scotland Yard in connection with terrorism and was jailed for seven years in 2012.

At the same time the US authorities wanted him in connection with terrorism offences.

They included plotting to set up a terror camp in Oregon, providing support for terrorists in Afghanistan and the 1998 kidnapping of 16 western tourists in Yemen.

He was eventually deported to the US after eight year extradition battle.

The hate preacher serving life without parole at the AXD Florence supermax jail
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Hamza gained notoriety for his hate filled preaching at Finsbury Park Mosque
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