Dutch High Court Grants U.S. Extradition Request for Terror Suspect

February 17, 2011

The Dutch Supreme Court approved the extradition of a Somali man to the U.S., where he is wanted on terrorism charges.

Mahamud Said Omar was charged in August 2009 in a five-count indictment with paying young men to travel from Minneapolis to Somalia to train with and fight for al-Shabaab, a group designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. The indictment was unsealed in late November of that year.

Omar allegedly visited an al-Shabaab safe-house and provided hundreds of dollars to fund the purchase of AK-47 rifles for men from Minneapolis, according to the Justice Department announcement of his unsealed indictment.

For a complete reading of the DOJ press release, including the indictment, please click here.

He was detained in the Netherlands, and after losing his appeal of the extradition order, will soon be in Minneapolis to face the charges.

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