U.K. High Court Rules Two British Suspects Extraditable to U.S.

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Thursday, February 1, 2007
Bruce Zagaris
On November 30, 2006, the U.K. High Court ruled that two British men, Babar Ahmad and Haroon Rashid Aswat, can be extradited to the United States in connection with U.S. terrorism charges. Lord Justice John Laws rejected a defense argument that U.S. government assurances that both men would not be designated “enemy combatants” were not trustworthy. U.S. prosecutors accuse Ahmad and Rashid Aswat of supporting terrorism. Ahmad allegedly operated recruitment and fund-raising Web sites for militant Islamic fighters in Afghanistan and Chechnya, while Aswat planned to establish a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon. The U.S. has also filed similar charges against Abu Hamza al-Masri, a radical cleric currently serving a seven-year jail term ... [more]