EU court rules British terror suspects can be extradited to US
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EU court rules British terror suspects can be extradited to US

Alleged al-Qaida leader and five others can now face terror charges on American soil

Abu Hamza al-Masri, AKA Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (photo credit: AP/John D McHugh/File)
Abu Hamza al-Masri, AKA Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (photo credit: AP/John D McHugh/File)

PARIS (AP) — Europe’s human rights court has ruled that it would be legal for Britain to extradite an Egyptian-born radical Muslim cleric and five other terror suspects to the United States.

The European Court of Human Rights ruling Tuesday in the cases of Mustafa Kamal Mustafa — also known as Abu Hamza Masri — and the five others centered on tough US detention policies.

The court Strasbourg, France did not immediately rule on whether the suspects should be extradited to the US.

Masri — a one-eyed, hook-handed hardliner — is wanted in the United States for a host of alleged terrorist offenses, including trying to set up an al-Qaida training camp in rural Oregon. He is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence in Britain’s Belmarsh prison.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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