Published On: Tue, Oct 21st, 2014 on 8:27 pm

Dewsbury terror suspect Haroon Aswat extradited to the US

Haroon Rashid Aswat Terror Suspect

Haroon Aswat (right) pictured with cleric Abu Hamza.

A Briton who is wanted in the US for allegedly conspiring with extremist cleric Abu Hamza, has been extradited from the UK.

Haroon Rashid Aswat, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, has been accused by American authorities of having worked with Hamza in 1999 to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon.

Warrants issued on behalf of the US authorities allege that, between 1 October 1999 and 30 April 2000, Aswat conspired with others to control and manage people who would be employed for “the use or display of physical force in promoting a political object, namely to make hijrah to, and to fight jihad in, Afghanistan”.

Aswat, who was arrested at RAF Northolt in 2005 by Met Police officers of the extradition unit, was taken from Broadmoor Hospital to a British airport and handed over to the US authorities.

Home Secretary Theresa May had been told, earlier in the year, to put the extradition plans on hold after judges heard that Aswat was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

But last month two high court judges said they were satisfied with assurances given by US officials that the suspect would be cared for properly.

In a hearing last month, a Home Office spokesman said: “We are pleased the court has upheld the home secretary’s decision to extradite Haroon Aswat to the United States. The court agreed that the American authorities had provided sufficient assurances over the conditions in which Aswat would be held in the US.”

In 2010, Aswat, along with others held in custody, claimed that a possible sentence of life imprisonment without parole and detention in a US ‘supermax’ prison would breach human rights.

Cleric Abu Hamza was extradited from Britain to the US nearly two years ago and found guilty of eleven counts of terrorism in May.

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