- Egyptian-born cleric, 58, currently in super-max jail in Florence, Colorado
- Hamza jailed for life last year for terrorism offences by New York judge
- British government had spent a decade trying to extradite hate preacher
- He will now appeal to European Court of Human Rights to return to UK
Hate cleric Abu Hamza has launched a legal fight to return from his super-max jail to a softer UK prison
Hook-handed hate cleric Abu Hamza has launched a legal fight to return from his super-max US jail to a softer UK prison.
Egyptian-born Hamza, 58, was jailed for life for terrorism offences during a trial in New York city last year, and has been serving his sentence in solitary confinement at a high security prison in Florence, Colorado.
However, his lawyer Linday Lewis is set to launch an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights with the hope he would be transferred by next year, reports the Express.
Hamza was extradited to the US after the British government spent a decade trying to kick him out of the country.
The legal battle cost the tax-payer £25million with a further £3million claimed by Hamza in benefits.
He rose to notoriety in the UK after becoming imam of the Finsbury Park mosque, in north London, in 1997.
One year later, in 1998, he helped organise hostage-taking of 16 mostly British tourists in Yemen. Three Britons and an Australian killed in rescue mission.
In 2000, he set up a terrorist training camp back in the US, in Bly, Oregon, sending volunteers and money to Afghanistan to support al Qaeda and the Taliban.
He then firmly placed himself on the national radar in 2001 after speaking out in support of Osama bin Laden following the September 11 attacks.
Ms Lewis said that the US government were not ensuring that the jail were attending to Hamza's health needs and that he would be better served in the UK.
Ms Lewis told the Express: 'There is a strong humanitarian case that it would be better for him on health grounds to be incarcerated there.
'It is also extremely unfair his family is not able to visit him in the United States.'
Hamza is currently be held in a 7ft by 12ft cell and his hooks were taken away as they were seen as 'dangerous weapons'.
The cleric has since complained that this has led to his stumps becoming 'infected'.
It is believed that Hamza wants a transfer because he sees the British prison service as a softer way of seeing out his years behind bars.
His current jail is known as the 'Alcatraz of the Rockies', due to its reputation as being inescapable.
It houses the most dangerous inmates in the U.S. prison system and is believed to the world's most secure prison.