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U.S. Court Jails Radical Cleric Abu Hamza For Life On Terror Convictions

A courtroom sketch shows radical Islamist preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri (right) in Federal Court for his arraignment along with his defense lawyer in New York in 2012.

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been sentenced to life in prison by a court in New York, eight months after he was convicted of terrorism charges.

Judge Katherine Forrest imposed the sentence, calling Abu Hamza's actions "barbaric."

"Abu Hamza was not convicted for his words," federal prosecutor Edward Kim told the judge. "His crimes truly spanned the globe, from Yemen to Afghanistan to the United States."

The hook-handed imam, blind in one eye and a double-hand amputee was convicted in May of multiple charges, including plotting to kidnap tourists in Yemen in 1998 and build a terrorist training camp in the United States.

He became a tabloid bogeyman in Britain for preaching vitriolic, anti-American sermons at the Finsbury Park mosque in London.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Reuters