Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Terror Suspects Lose Extradition Appeal

Two terror suspects have lost their appeals against extradition. Both are being extradited to the US.

In one case, Syed Hashmi is wanted for helping to supply weapons to Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Because he is a US citizen, the US want to try him over there. His appeal was based on the claim that the original warrants were flawed. Lord Justice Baker said the claim was "wholly technical and without substance".

The other case is of Syed Talha Ahsan , wanted in America for running a website there whose aim was to raise money for terrorism across the world. He had tried to claim that his Human Rights would be at risk in the US, but this was flatly rejected by the judge.

Both cases now go before the Home Secretary for a final decision, and it is unlikely that he will object.