Aswat to be deported to UK

#1
From the BBC:

Zambia deports UK terror suspect

A Briton held in Zambia on suspicion of terrorism has been deported to the UK.

Haroon Rashid Aswat, 30, of West Yorkshire, is suspected by US officials of involvement in a plot to set up an al-Qaeda training camp in Oregon.

"Aswat has been deported to Britain. He was put on the plane at 0900 hours (0700 BST) this morning," Zambia's home affairs permanent secretary said.

BBC correspondents say Mr Aswat - who has been held for two weeks - will be questioned by UK police.

Newspaper reports

Mr Aswat's family have called on the UK government to intervene in his case.

They were upset by newspaper reports claiming British officials were discussing Mr Aswat's extradition with the US government.

"Our government and the FCO are dilly-dallying and do not have the decency to confirm Haroon's detention," they said in a statement.

BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera said British authorities had been "reticent" about handing him over to the US because of the possibility of him ending up at Guantanamo Bay.

The Zambian authorities said he was arrested on 20 July, having entered the country on 6 July.

It is believed US authorities requested his detention because they want to question him about a 1999 plot to set up an al-Qaeda training camp in Bly, Oregon.

James Ujaama, 38, a Muslim convert from Seattle who had lived in Britain, pleaded guilty to involvement in the plot in April 2003.

He faced up to 25 years in prison but received a two-year sentence after co-operating with federal investigations.

Ujaama was questioned about Mr Aswat, who was referred to in the 2002 indictment of Ujaama by a federal grand jury in Seattle.
Story is here.

With no sense of irony or attempt at humour whatsoever - a good day for justice IMHO, and good to see a country like Zambia - which some may consider utterly corrupt and tacit supporters of terrorism - co-operating with the UK and US.
 
#3
Further DD, good to see, if true that there won't be dragging of feet in shipping him onto the US to be tried there if he has no crime to answer to in the UK, rather that than see the gentleman go free on our soil! I'm sure if he's proven innocent that he'll be back.

Beebs
 
#4
You can't help feeling that he would spend a far more uncomfortable time in a Zambian prison rather than a uk or usa one if he is convicted. Is he liable to the death penalty in US?
 

Mr_Fingerz

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#5
No. The UK has an agreement with the US Government that anyone extradited to the US from the UK, cannot be sentenced to death.

It's because we are signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights, and we take our international obligations more seriously than, say, the French.


edited because I have big fingers, and a small keyboard.
 
#6
blessed baby cakes said:
Further DD, good to see, if true that there won't be dragging of feet in shipping him onto the US to be tried there if he has no crime to answer to in the UK, rather that than see the gentleman go free on our soil! I'm sure if he's proven innocent that he'll be back.

Beebs
???? - why no dragging of feet? Will htere be no extraditi0n hearing, appeal to the High Court, Appeal to the House of lords as in other cases?
 

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