Hate preacher Abu Hamza sues US over ‘cruel’ prison and his ‘rotting teeth’

A former British-based hate preacher is suing the United States over what he claims are "degrading" prison conditions that have left him with "rotting" teeth.

Abu Hamza, 62, is currently being held in ADX Florence – also known as the Alcatraz of the Rockies.

It has a reputation as one of the toughest jails in the US as prisoners are locked up alone for 23 hours a day in 12ft by 7ft cells without windows.

Hamza was jailed for life in the US without the possibility of parole after he was extradited from the UK to America in 2012.

He was charged and found guilty of, eleven charges relating to hostage-taking, conspiracy to establish a militant training camp and calling for holy war in Afghanistan.

Hamza was notoriously the imam at Finsbury Park Mosque in north London where he regularly called for jihad — or Islamic "Holy War".

The hate preacher has now filed a lawsuit against the US attorney general, William Barr, with claims he has been deprived of sunlight in his cell.

Hamza also says he has to tear open food packages with his rotting teeth after his hooks were removed by authorities.

He has also been denied any family visits since he was extradited, and at one point, went on a hunger strike for at least 10 days in protest at his treatment.

The supermax jail in Colorado is home to some of the world's most infamous criminals and terrorists, including drug baron El Chapo and shoe bomber Richard Reid.

Hamza is appealing his incarceration at the facility, saying the "inhuman and degrading" conditions breach his human rights.

Court papers also reveal the former preacher is using the US authorities for damages over a number of alleged wrongdoings.

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He claims that little provision has been made in the jail for his disabilities, which include having no forearms and he is blind in one eye.

Hamza also says that because there was no disabled toilet it meant he often soiled his clothes and his arms stumps bled when he turned on the washbasin taps.

Hamza also claims that on one occasion his toenails were not cut for 14 months, which caused him "severe pain and difficulty walking".

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He also says his time in prison has been "religiously stressful" because he has been forced to switch from a Muslim halal diet to a kosher as the Jewish meals are served on trays that are “easier to eat from”.

Barr and other defendants accused in Abu Hamza’s lawsuit, including the head of the US prison service, said his action is without merit and should be struck out by the courts.

In a filing earlier this month, they described the complaint as "so ambiguous that [the] defendants cannot reasonably prepare a response".

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