Saturday, October 6, 2012
On Friday, the High Court of England and Wales approved the extradition of five terrorism suspects to the United States for trial, one week after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) gave its final approval. The suspects had appealed the matter to the ECHR over concerns that extradition would violate the prohibitions on torture and cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment under the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms similar to the Soering case because the U.S. uses the death penalty. However, the United States gave assurances that it would not seek the death penalty, so the Courts allowed the extradition to go forward. The UK Court's judgment may be found here.
The five suspects include Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Mazri, who is accused of running a terrorist training camp. Two others are British citizens Syed Talha Ahsan and Babar Ahmad who are accused of providing money, equipment and other support to terrorists. Also included are Khaled Al-Fawwaz and Abdel Bary who are accused of partipating of the bombing of US embassies in Africa. Immediately after the Court's ruling, the men were extradited overnight to the U.S. Four of them appeared in court in the U.S. today and pled not guilty; al Mazri entered no plea.