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Spokesperson for the Religion of Peace (TM) in the UK convicted.
Hamza guilty of inciting murder
Abu Hamza
Abu Hamza has been found guilty on 11 of the 15 charges he faced
Controversial Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been found guilty by an Old Bailey jury of race hate charges and using his sermons to incite murder.

Abu Hamza, who preached at Finsbury Park mosque, London, was found guilty of 11 of the 15 charges he faced.

The cleric was also found guilty of having audio and video tapes intended to encourage racial hatred.

In addition, the 47-year-old was also found guilty of possessing a document to be used for terror purposes.

The Shepherd's Bush-based preacher, who was arrested in May 2004, was said to have given inflammatory sermons that used unequivocal language.

Following his arrest, more than 3,000 audio cassettes and 600 videos were found of inflammatory sermons intended for wider distribution.

US authorities are seeking the extradition of the Egyptian-born cleric for terror-related matters.

The jury heard that he did not aim his vitriolic rhetoric only against Jews, unbelievers and the democratic West.

Homicidal violence

In Abu Hamza's numerous lectures and sermons, targets included homosexual vicars, the tourist industry, the royal family and women in bikinis.

His defence had been that he was encouraging Muslims to stand up for themselves.

The prosecution had told the court that Abu Hamza was a recruiting sergeant for terrorism and murder.

David Perry, prosecuting, said the cleric made clear encouragements to kill when he gave lectures and sermons at the Finsbury Park mosque, in north London, and in Luton, Blackburn and Whitechapel, east London.

The jury heard that Abu Hamza "was preaching terrorism, homicidal violence and hatred".

They also heard that the preacher had "used the most dangerous weapons available - a great religion, Islam, his position as a civic leader and the power of words, his own words".

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