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US embassy 'pleased' with extradition decision

The United States is pleased with the finding of the European Court of Human Rights regarding defendants Babar Ahmad, Syed Ahsan, Mustafa Kamal Mustafa (Abu Hamza), Adel Bary and Khaled Al-Fawwaz.

We look forward to the court's decision becoming final and to the extradition of these defendants to stand trial in the United States.

With respect to defendant Haroon Rashid Aswat, US officials will consult with the United Kingdom's Home Office about the additional submission requested.

– US embassy spokeswoman


Shadow Home Secretary's 'concern' over length of Hamza's extradition

It will mean that Abu Hamza can now be extradited to the US, as his prison sentence in Britain comes to an end, to stand trial for alleged serious offences including supporting terror training camps in the United States.

Proper legal processes are important, but it remains a serious concern that this has taken so long, and it is important that remaining steps should be swiftly resolved.

– Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary

Vaz wants changes in UK extradition system

I welcome the long awaited decision by the European Court of Human Rights today. However, this basket of cases only goes to highlight the disarray of extradition and removals in the UK.

Babar Ahmad alone has waited eight years for a decision on his case. This delay is unacceptable.

We need a system where the Home Secretary is given more discretion over individual cases, ensuring that the important security cases are fast tracked. I hope she will introduce this when she reviews legislation in the summer.

– Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee


Hamza could appeal court's decision

The European Court of Human Rights' judges emphasised that today's ruling would only be final after three months - if there is no appeal - and the UK government cannot extradite the five men until that time.

The court decided to continue its indication to the United Kingdom Government that the applicants should not be extradited until this judgment became final or until the case was referred to the Grand Chamber (of the Human Rights court).

Babar Ahmad's father: 'British justice subcontracted to US'

Babar is a British citizen accused of a crime said to have been committed in the UK and all the evidence against him was gathered in this country.

Nevertheless, British justice appears to have been subcontracted to the US.

This should be immediately rectified by putting Babar on trial in the UK and ordering a full public inquiry into the matter."

– Ashfaq Ahmad, father of Babar

Unanimous decision to extradite Hamza

The decision to allow the extradition of five British nationals to America was a unanimous one from the European Court of Human Rights.

They said there would be no violation of Article 3 of the Human Rights Code - the "prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment" - as a result of detention conditions the five men might face at ADX Florence "supermax" prison in the US.

The length of their possible sentences would not breach their human rights under European law either.

Theresa May 'welcomes' Hamza extradition decision

The Home Secretary Theresa May has said the government "will work to ensure that the suspects are handed over to the US authorities as quickly as possible".

I welcome the decision of the European Court of Human Rights to allow the extradition of Abu Hamza and other terror suspects.

In five of the six cases, the court found that extradition would not breach their human rights and, in the remaining case, it asked for further information before taking a final decision.

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