Hate preacher Abu Hamza is about to present taxpayers with a whopping £800,000 bill for legal fees he was meant to cover. Two years ago, Hamza was ordered by the courts to pay the £1,000,000 defence costs in his trial – but what has he actually paid?
The judge recommended that one of Hamza’s houses should be sold as a contribution. But it looks like Hamza has managed to wriggle out of that one, by claiming the house belongs to his sister – who lives in Egypt.
And property experts note that even if the 1930s property in Greenford, West London, is grabbed it will probably fetch only £200,000 instead of its original £235,000 valuation.
A Whitehall source said last night: “If nothing else is found it means the taxpayer will have to pay £800,000 for the shortfall.”
A spokesman for the Legal Services Commission, which oversees the legal aid system, said: “We will go to court to apply for the seizure of the property. We are waiting for a date.”
Conservative MP Patrick Mercer is more candid: “This is Abu Hamza continuing to thumb his nose.”
Hamza was jailed for seven years, in 2006, on a charge of soliciting murder.