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el-Faisal's extradition hearing now set for December 14

Published:Friday | October 27, 2017 | 11:48 AM
US authorities say they have evidence that el-Faisal used various social media websites to recruit persons around the world, including undercover police officers in New York, to join the militant group ISIS.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The attorney for Muslim Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal today confirmed that he has been served with evidence collected by United States authorities to support their request for his extradition.

This disclosure was made by attorney-at-law Bert Samuels as el-Faisal reappeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this morning.

It clears the way for an extradition hearing to determine whether el-Faisal is to be sent to the US to stand trial for terrorism-related charges.

The hearing is scheduled for December 14.

Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor says one witness statement from an employee at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs remains outstanding.

In August, the controversial cleric was arrested on a provisional warrant under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty after he was accused by US authorities of engaging in terrorism-related activities.

US authorities say they have evidence that el-Faisal used various social media websites to recruit persons around the world, including undercover police officers in New York, to join the militant group ISIS.

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