Image: Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri
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Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, seen in this Feb. 7, 2003, photograph, was charged in Britain Tuesday with urging followers to kill non-Muslims. 
updated 10/19/2004 8:23:06 AM ET 2004-10-19T12:23:06

Radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri appeared in court Tuesday and was charged with urging followers to kill non-Muslims.

British prosecutors read out a 16-count indictment that includes 10 charges of soliciting or encouraging persons to murder someone who did not believe in the Islamic faith.

The British charges pre-empt a U.S. extradition bid. He faces 11 terrorist charges in the United States.

Only one of the 16 charges read out in Belmarsh Magistrates Court on Tuesday falls under anti-terror legislation. That indictment, under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000, accuses al-Masri of possessing a book called the Encyclopedia of the Afghani Jihad.

Prosecutors said the incitement to murder was contained in speeches recorded on tape to be used as evidence.

Four of the 10 charges specify that al-Masri urged the killing of Jews.

Hamza also faces four charges of using “threatening, abusive or insulting behavior” to stir up racial hatred and one count of possessing threatening, abusive or insulting recordings.

Al-Masri nodded when asked if he understood the charges against him.

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