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Abu Hamza al-Masri

Abu Hamza al-MasriAKA Mustafa Kamel Mustafa

Born: 15-Apr-1958
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

Gender: Male
Religion: Muslim
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Religion

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Imam of Finsbury Park Mosque

Worked at a nightclub in the 1970s, by his own admission to Al-Ayyam, a Yemen newspaper. He has resided in London since 1979, and was naturalized as a British subject in 1981. At some point in the early 1980s al-Masri fought in Afghanistan with the Mujaheddin, losing an eye and both hands. Upon return to London, he became the radical hook-armed Imam of Finsbury Park Mosque, which was closed when al-Masri was suspended in 2003 for his extremist Islamist views, support of Yemeni Islamist revolutionaries, and praise of Osama bin Laden. After the mosque's closure, al-Masri continued to preach in the street directly in front of the building. Home Minister David Blunkett revoked the Imam's citizenship in April 2003. Fighting deportation to Yemen, he was arrested on 26 May 2004 to be extradited to the United States.

Wife: Valerie Traverso (m. 16-May-1980, div. 1986)
Son: Mohammed Mustafa Kamel (on trial in Yemen)

    Citizenship Revoked Apr-2003
    Naturalized UK Citizen 1981
    Converted to Islam
    Terrorism arrested 26-Aug-2004, charges dropped
    Inciting Racial Hatred arrested 19-Oct-2004
    Missing Eye
    Risk Factors: Amputee



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