British legal aid authorities have seized the London home of jailed radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza to recover costs spent on defending him, they said Tuesday.
The Egyptian-born former imam, who has one eye and a hook for one hand, was jailed for seven years in 2007 for inciting followers to murder non-believers, and is fighting extradition to the United States.
The Legal Services Commission (LSC) said it had seized the property in Greenford, west London, and hopes to sell it to pay off some of the 300,000 pounds ($470,000) spent on him.
The LSC "can confirm it has taken possession of Abu Hamza's property, as a contribution to recovering the legal aid costs spent on his defense," said LSC chief executive Carolyn Regan.
"The LSC will not tolerate people trying to conceal their financial assets in an attempt to have their defense costs paid for by the taxpayer," she added.
Abu Hamza is wanted in the United States on charges including setting up an al-Qaeda-style training camp for militants in the northwest state of Oregon.
He is also accused of sending money and recruits to assist Afghanistan's hardline former rulers the Taliban and al-Qaeda and helping a gang of kidnappers in Yemen who abducted a 16-strong party of Western tourists in 1998.