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UK's David Cameron hails US conviction of cleric extradited from Britain on terror charges


FILE - In this April 30, 2004 file photo, Muslim cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa arrives with a masked bodyguard to conduct Friday prayers in the street outside the closed Finsbury Park Mosque in London. The 55-year-old Egyptian cleric, who also goes by the alias Abu Hamza al-Masri, was found guilty on Monday, May 19, 2014 in federal court in New York of providing material support to terrorist organizations. (AP Photo/Max Nash, File) (The Associated Press)

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May have hailed the conviction in New York of radical cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa on terrorist charges.

May said in a statement Tuesday the British government worked hard to extradite Mustafa, who was sent to the United States in 2012 after a process that took many years.

She said the radical cleric known for his fiery anti-Western sermons "used every opportunity, over many years, to frustrate and delay the extradition process."

Cameron told BBC he hopes to streamline extradition rules so future cases can be handled more quickly.

Mustafa, known in Britain as Abu Hamza, was found guilty Monday of supporting terrorist organizations and planning to open an al-Qaida training camp in Oregon.

The Egyptian-born Mustafa will be sentenced in September.