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European Human Rights judges extradite terror suspects to US

April 10, 2012 - London

European human rights judges have ruled five terrorist suspects, including radical preacher Abu Hamza can be extradited from the UK to the US to face trial.

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg rejected claims of suspects that they could face prison conditions and jail terms that would expose them to "torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" and thus violate the European human rights code.

The hearing of Haroon Rashid Aswat was adjourned until a further hearing, while three others, Seyla Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled Al-Fawwaz may face extradition, the Daily Star reported.

According to reports, Aswat has been tagged as Hamza's "co-conspirator", while Bary and Al-Fawwaz were indicted along with Osama bin Laden and 20 others, for their alleged involvement in bombing of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998. Al-Fawwaz has been accused of more than 269 counts of murder.

Hamza has reportedly been charged with 11 different counts of criminal conduct related to the taking of 16 hostages in Yemen in 1998, advocating violent jihad in Afghanistan in 2001 and conspiring to establish a jihad training camp in Bly, Oregon, between June 2000 and December 2001

The verdict declared that "detention conditions and length of sentences of five alleged terrorists would not amount to ill-treatment if they were extradited to the USA".

"This decision will do a great deal to restore the reputation of the court but we must be cautious in drawing unjustified conclusions," Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell said.

The human rights judges emphasized that the latest ruling will become final only after three months if there is no further appeal in the case.


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