U.S. Indicts and Will Try to Extradite 3 British Nationals on Terrorism Charges

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Wednesday, June 1, 2005
Bruce Zagaris
On April 12, 2005, the U.S. Attorney General in the Southern District of New York announced the indictment of three British nationals who are being held on terrorism charges in the United Kingdom on allegations that they planned to blow up financial buildings in Washington, New York and New Jersey. The U.S. said they would try to have them extradited. The indictment, issued in March 2005, was unsealed on April 12. It alleges that Dhiran Barot, Nadeem Tarmohamed and Qaisar Shaffi participated in months of methodical reconnaissance of financial targets between August 2000 and April 2001, including video surveillance in Manhattan. The conspiracy led to a controversial terrorism alert in the summer of 2004 for financial sectors in the three jurisdictions with fears that al Qaeda might be planning an attack linked to the U.S. Presidential elections in November 2004...[more]