Friday 16 November, 2018

El-Faisal’s extradition hearing set for December 14

Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal

Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal

The extradition hearing for Muslim cleric, Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal, is set to begin on December 14 in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

This follows the serving of evidence collected by United States authorities to support their request for his extradition, on the cleric’s defence counsel.

Attorney Bert Samuels confirmed receipt of the material from the Office of the Director Of Public Prosecution in the St Andrew Parish Court on Friday, when the matter came up for mention.

El-Faisal is wanted in the US to stand trial on terrorism-related charges.

Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor, told the court that a witness statement remains outstanding from a member of staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The latest round of troubles for the controversial el-Faisal emerged in August, when he was arrested on a warrant under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty after being accused by US authorities of engaging in terrorism-related activities.

US authorities say they have evidence that el-Faisal recruited persons from around the world via telephone and social media websites from his Jamaican base, to join the radical and militant group, ISIS. Among the persons he reportedly recruited was an undercover police officers from New York.

El-Faisal, a former Imam in Briton, was deported to Jamaica several years ago, following a conviction for terrorism in the UK, to which he migrated as a youth, and where he was later converted to Islam.