- The conviction of radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri on terror charges by a jury in New York features on several papers' front pages.
By Rob Corp
20 May 2014
"Guilty Hamza will die in US jail" is the Daily Telegraph's headline, anticipating that a US federal judge will hand down a life sentence, which it is expected Abu Hamza, 56, will serve in a "supermax" high security prison. The paper also says Home Secretary Theresa May will now attempt to strip him of his British citizenship.
"The trial took place just a few streets from the site of the attacks on the World Trade Center", the Daily Mail notes, "which Hamza gloated was a 'towering day in history'".
The Times, which leads on the story, reports how the foreman of the jury told reporters the eight men and four women hearing the case "quickly came to a consensus" the former leader of the Finsbury Park mosque in north London was guilty for conspiring with terrorists who kidnapped 16 foreign tourists in Yemen in December 1998. Three Britons and an Australian died in a gunfight as Yemeni troops attempted to rescue them.
Reviewing the front pages for the BBC News Channel, former US State Department official Colleen Graffy cast doubt on whether the home secretary would be allowed under international law to make Abu Hamza stateless, but she could understand why Mrs May would want to. However, Ms Graffy said it was "excellent to see justice done".