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UPDATE: US seeks extradition of Jamaican muslim cleric el-Faisal on terrorism charges

Published:Friday | August 25, 2017 | 6:41 PM
Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal was arrested on a provisional warrant under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US.

Law enforcement sources say controversial Muslim Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal, who was arrested today, is wanted in the United States on terrorism-related charges.

He was arrested on a provisional warrant under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US.

A release from the National Security Ministry says el-Faisal was arrested in Kingston by members of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

It says he was taken to his home in St. Catherine where a search warrant was executed.

El-Faisal  is to be taken to court for a hearing at a later date.

The ministry further says more information will be made available as soon.

The Westmoreland-born el-Faisal was deported to Jamaica from Kenya in January 2010.

In 2007, he was expelled from Britain after serving a jail term for inciting racial hatred and urging his followers to murder Jews, Hindus, Christians and Americans.

The cleric once led a London mosque attended by convicted terrorists, and Britain has said that his teachings heavily influenced one of the bombers in the 2005 transport network attacks in London that killed 52 people.

In 2015, the Reuters News Agency reported that a US Federal law enforcement official said an American woman who was arrested for trying to travel to Syria to join the militant group Islamic State, was in touch with an Islamist preacher in Jamaica.

The preacher was identified as el-Faisal.