Notorious hate preacher Abu Hamza has reportedly claimed he is losing his eyesight after catching Covid, in a bid to be sent back to the UK.

Abu Hamza, 62, is said to have told a court he has 'untreated vision decay' which might be linked to catching coronavirus.

He said he had been refused a test for the virus while in his US jail cell and that he wants to be sent back to Britain, The Sun reports.

The hook-handed former imam, currently serving life in the ADX Florence in Colorado, US, said: “This new development makes it impossible to communicate, interact or compile any legal work.”

In his list of complaints, he is reported to have said that he suffered “ headaches, fatigue, runny nose, lighting coffing (sic) and frequent sneezing” after a visit by an eye doctor.

He claims he was refused a test for the virus while in his US jail cell

The complaints were filed in a 97-page motion for a temporary restraining order, seeking his release and return to the UK, in September.

Previously it was reported that he had also claimed that the confiscation of items including his electric toothbrush has created 'poor hygiene conditions.'

In August it was said that Hamza, 62, was suing the US authorities over 'cruel' conditions at America's most secure prison.

The ADX Florence in Colorado, US where Hamza is being held
The ADX Florence in Colorado, US where Hamza is being held

The former imam of Finsbury Park mosque in north London had claimed he was deprived of sunlight in his cell and complained he had to tear open food packages with his rotting teeth after his hooks were removed by the authorities.

In a civil lawsuit filed against William Barr, the US attorney general, he said he was suffering from “stress and anxiety”, The Times reported.

Hamza was formerly of the Finsbury Park Mosque
Hamza was formerly of the Finsbury Park Mosque

Hamza was originally convicted of 11 terrorism and kidnapping charges, following a 10-year battle by US authorities to extradite him to the States.

At Manhattan Federal Court he was convicted over his role in the 1998 kidnapping in Yemen of 16 foreign tourists, of whom four were killed, and of conspiring to set up a militant training camp in Bly, Oregon in late 1999.

Hamza was also found guilty of providing material support to bin Laden's terror network, of wanting to set up a computer lab for the Taliban and sending recruits for terror training in Afghanistan.

He was jailed for life in 2015 when New York Federal Court judge Katherine Forrest told him he would never be freed again.