STRASBOURG — Britain can extradite jailed radical Muslim preacher Abu Hamza and four other alleged terrorists to the United States, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday.
The court found “there would be no violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights” if the five were extradited, but allowed a three-month stay for an appeal.
The defendants had complained that conditions at the ADX supermax prison in Florence, Colorado and possible multiple life sentences they face would be grossly disproportionate and amount to inhuman or degrading treatment.
The court said in its ruling that Mustafa Kamal Mustafa, as Abu Hamza is also known, and the five others – Babar Ahmad, Syed Tahla Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled Al-Fawwaz – could be extradited.
It held that “conditions at ADX would not amount to ill-treatment”.
The panel decided to adjourn the case of a sixth man in the same case, Haroon Rashid Aswat, and invited parties to submit information on his mental health condition and how this would affect US judicial proceedings.
Abu Hamza is wanted in the US on charges of training camp for militants in Oregon,. — AFP