Abu Hamza launches last-minute high court challenge to extradition
Abu Hamza launches last-minute high court challenge to extradition Story from: www.guardian.co.uk Image Attribution: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images Radical cleric attempts to block extradition to US after European court threw out appealAbu Hamza al-Masri has launched a last-minute appeal to the high court to block his imminent extradition to the United States to stand trial on terrorism charges.A second terror suspect Khaled al-Fawwaz who also faces being sent to the US has started a legal challenge to his extradition as well. Fawwaz has been detained in Britain since 1998 when he was accused of being involved in the bombing of American embassies in three east African capitals.The two terror suspects are among a group of five cases that the European court of human rights finally cleared for extradition to the United States after an eight-year legal battle. The decision by five European judges on Monday to reject their final appeals meant that all legal avenues under the extradition laws were finally exhausted. The home secretary is expected to put them on a plane within the next two to three weeks.They all claimed that they faced inhumane and degrading treatment if they were convicted in America and sentenced to serve time in a "super-max" high security prison.The grounds for their legal challenge was not immediately clear nor has a date been set yet for its hearing.A Home Office spokesperson said: "The European court of human rights ruled there was no bar to the <b>...</b>
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