Jamaican Muslim Cleric Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal is to be extradited to the United States to face terrorism charges following an order made by Parish Judge Broderick Smith on Monday, April 30.
The 53-year-old radical Islamic preacher, who once spent four years in a United Kingdom jail for spreading murder and hate speech, has been indicted by the US Justice Department on five counts of terrorism-related charges, including attempting and soliciting support for an act of terrorism.
On Friday, August 25, al Faisal was arrested in Kingston by members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch (C-TOC) on an extradition warrant.
In handing down his ruling on Monday in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, Judge Smith ruled that al-Faisal has 15 days in which to apply to the Supreme Court to file an appeal against the extradition order.
His attorney, Bert Samuels is expected to file that application in the coming days in order to overturn the order and have al-Faisal released from custody.
US court documents said that al-Faisal was arrested in Jamaica after a months-long sting operation carried out by an undercover officer of the New York Police Department, who communicated with him by email, text and video chat.
According to the Manhattan district attorney, al-Faisal offered to help the undercover officer travel to the Middle East and join fighters with the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS.
Al-Faisal, who was born in St. James as Trevor William Forrest, is a one-time imam of south London’s Brixton mosque.
After a four-week trial in London, he was found guilty in February 2003 on three charges of soliciting the murder of Jews, Americans, Hindus, and Christians and two charges of using threatening words to stir up racial hatred.
He was sentenced to nine years in prison but only served four years before being deported to Jamaica in 2007.
The Muslim Cleric has been a fervent online champion of ISIS, even supporting the kidnapping and rape of Yazidi minority women in Iraq.