British Court Grants U.S. Extradition Request for Alleged Terror Suspect

January 24, 2011

A judge on Friday approved the extradition to the United States of Abid Naseer, a suspected Al-Qaeda operative accused of planning attacks in Britain, the U.S. and Norway.

The 24-year-old Pakistani is wanted by U.S. authorities over allegations that he provided material support to Osama bin Laden’s Islamist network and conspired to use explosives.

Naseer was allegedly part of an Al-Qaeda cell in Britain whose members planned to attack Manchester.

The judged approved the U.S. application, but said the case will now go to the home secretary for final approval.

According to the extradition application, Naseer allegedly used codewords about weddings, marriage, girlfriends’ computers and the weather to refer to attacks, bomb ingredients, travel documents and target sites.

Naseer challenged the extradition on grounds that he would be at risk of torture and death if he was acquitted in the U.S. and returned to Pakistan. The judge did not agree with Naseer’s argument and granted the extradition.

Naseer was one of 12 men, mostly students, arrested in counter-terrorism raids in northwest England in 2009 over a suspected bomb plot.

All the men were released as there was insufficient evidence to charge them and they were ordered to be deported. But in May Naseer won the right to stay in Britain when a judge ruled his safety could not be guaranteed if he returned to Pakistan.

Naseer has plans to appeal the decision, therefore extradition to the U.S. may not be immediate.

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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Pakistani National Faces Extradition from London to U.S. on Terrorism Charges

October 7, 2010

A British judge says a Pakistani man alleged to have planned an al-Qaida attack in Britain and wanted by U.S. authorities over the New York subway bomb plot will appear for an extradition hearing in December.

Abid Naseer appeared by video link from prison Tuesday for a hearing at a London court.

Naseer’s lawyer argued that extradition will result in a breach of human rights and an abuse of process because of the U.S. legal and prison system.

The 24-year-old Naseer was arrested in July by Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism officers in the northeast of England on a U.S. extradition warrant. The warrant charges providing support to a foreign terrorist organization, conspiring to support a terror group and conspiracy to use a destructive device.

Prosecutors allege Naseer was part of a major al-Qaida conspiracy that included the New York subway plot. The U.S. is also investigating four other individuals allegedly involved in the plot.

District judge Nicholas Evans ordered Naseer to remain in custody before a scheduled three-day hearing starting December 15.

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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