The extradition hearing of controversial Jamaican born Muslim cleric, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Faisal, has been postponed to next year due to the ongoing police “sick out”.
Al-Faisal was not brought to the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court in Half Way Tree this morning.
The start of the hearing is now set for January 4, 2018.
The presiding judge, Vaughn Smith, issued a writ for Al-Faisal to be brought on that day.
The hearing is to determine if he’s to be sent to the United States to stand trial for terrorism-related charges.
This morning Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor, told the court his witnesses were ready.
The two witnesses are from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
Al-Faisal’s attorney, Bert Samuels, made an attempt to have another bail application heard this morning for his client.
However, Judge Smith says he’d prefer the application be made in the presence of Al-Faisal.
In August, Al-Faisal was arrested on a provisional warrant under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty after he was accused by US authorities of engaging in acts of terrorism.
The US authorities say they have evidence that Al-Faisal used various social media websites to recruit persons around the world, including an undercover police officer in New York, to join the militant group, ISIS.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control placed Al-Faisal on the country’s blacklist
He has been placed on that blacklist for allegedly assisting in, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for the militant group, ISIS.
US Treasury Director, John E. Smith, is accusing Al Faisal of recruiting for and providing support to ISIS.
Smith says the Muslim cleric’s actions have influenced terrorists who engaged in bomb plots and other horrific attacks on innocent civilians.