Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Terror Suspects Lose Extradition Battle

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Terror Suspects Lose Extradition Battle

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

TWO British terror suspects who fear they will be tortured in Guantanamo Bay lost their attempt to halt extradition to the United States today.

Babar Ahmad, a computer expert from Tooting, is accused of raising money for the Taliban and running websites inciting murder and urging Muslims to fight a holy war.

Haroon Rashid Aswat, a Briton arrested in Africa, faces trial in the US on charges of plotting to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, to train fighters for the war in Afghanistan. They

claim the US authorities cannot be trusted on their assurances that the suspects would be treated humanely.

Their lawyers have argued that there was a "real risk of fundamental injustice" in being mistreated or tried and sentenced as enemy combatants.

Edward Fitzgerald QC representing both men had asked the Appeal Court to halt extradition despite diplomatic assurances from the US government.

He said the men were in danger of being indefinitely detained at Guantanamo Bay under a military order applying to foreign citizens. …

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