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Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the ECHR ruling today, said:

"We welcome the unanimous verdict from the European Court of Human Rights which makes it possible for those suspected of serious international terrorist crimes to face trial for the alleged offences.

"It will mean that Abu Hamza can now be extradited to the US, as his prison sentence in Britain comes to an end, to stand trial for alleged serious offences including supporting terror training camps in the United States. Proper legal processes are important, but it remains a serious concern that this has taken so long, and it is important that remaining steps should be swiftly resolved.

"However, this judgement only covers cases involving the US. The Government now needs to focus on dealing with Abu Qatada, who could have less than a month left of his strict bail conditions, and where the Government's own decision to water down counter terror powers could mean he is allowed to move around London."

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