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Strasbourg Court Backs Five Terror Suspects' Extradition from UK

RIA Novosti

18:00 10/04/2012

MOSCOW, April 10 (RIA Novosti) - The European Court of Human Rights has approved the extradition of radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects, including a man accused of raising money for Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, from Britain to the United States, British and U.S. media reported on Tuesday.

The Strasbourg court ruled that the deportation of Abu Hamza, Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdel Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz to the United States, where they could face life in a super-maximum security prison, would not violate their human rights, reports said. The court said it would consider further the case of another suspect, Hamza’s aide Haroon Aswat, because of mental health issues.

The British authorities praised the ruling, with Prime Minister David Cameron saying "it's quite right that we have a proper legal process, although sometimes you can be frustrated by how long things take.”

The Egyptian-born preacher Abu Hamza, who is known for his inflammatory speeches, including comments in support of late al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, is wanted in the United States on charges of conspiring to take Western hostages in Yemen, funding terrorism, and organizing a terrorist training camp in the United States between 1998 and 2000.

According to CNN, another of the suspects, Babar Ahmad, is accused of providing material support to terrorists, including conspiracy to ship gas masks to the Taliban and using U.S.-based websites to raise money for Basayev, the late Chechen militant leader who claimed responsibility for the 2004 Beslan school massacre in Russia.

The Strasbourg court’s ruling granted the men the right to appeal against their extradition to the court's Grand Chamber. However, according to the BBC, very few cases are re-examined in that final forum.



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