First Terrorism Suspect Ever To Be Extradited Is Set For Trial

Fahad Hashmi, an American citizen who has been held in solitary confinement for almost two and half years, is set to go on trial April 28. The 30-year-old man is the first terrorism suspect ever to be extradited from the United Kingdom to the U.S. He stands accused of providing material support to al-Qaida.

According to the 2007 New York Police Department report Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat, Hashmi epitomizes an ordinary young Muslim man turned extremist who allegedly participated in terrorist activities. On the other hand, Hashmi’s former professors and other friends view him as a peaceful, devout Muslim being punished for his political and religious beliefs.

The government alleges that on or about February 2004, Hashmi who was living in London at the time, allowed an acquaintance, Junaid Babar to stay at his London apartment for two weeks. Babar is accused of storing raincoats, ponchos and waterproof socks there prior to delivering them to, Abdul Hadi Al-Iraqi, a leader in Al Qaida in Pakistan. Hashmi also is accused of permitting Babar to use his cell phone to make calls to other conspirators in terrorist plots.

In June of 2006, British police arrested Hashmi at Heathrow airport as he prepared to leave for Pakistan with what authorities have reported was a substantial amount of cash. The police were acting on a warrant issued by the U.S. government.

Following the arrest, Hashmi spent a year in Britain’s Belmarsh prison fighting his extradition to the United States. In May of 2007, the British courts extradited Hashmi to the U.S. pursuant to the terms of a treaty enacted between the U.S. and Britain following Sept. 11, 2001. If convicted, Hashmi faces up to 70 years in prison.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, Interpol Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC Litigation.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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