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El-Faisal bail application expected today

Published:Monday | September 11, 2017 | 9:10 AM

A bail application is expected to be heard today in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court for controversial Muslim Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal who is wanted in the United States on terrorism-related charges.

El-Faisal was arrested on August 25 on a provisional warrant under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US.

He’s being accused by the United States Government of recruiting persons to join international terrorist group ISIS.

The Westmoreland-born el-Faisal was remanded when he made his first court appearance on August 28.

At that time, local prosecutors told the court that they had not yet received the evidence US authorities have gathered against the controversial Muslim cleric.

The case was then set for mention on October 27.

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.