British terror suspect Babar Ahmad has launched a High Court appeal to halt his extradition to the US.

 

A judge has decided that his judicial review application will be heard with fellow suspects Abu Hamza and Khaled al-Fawwaz on Tuesday.

 

The judge is also considering a request from a fourth suspect, Adel Abdul Bary.

 

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights gave its final approval for the extradition of five major terrorism suspects from the UK to the US.

 

It meant the extradition of the men, wanted for years by the US, was likely to happen within weeks.

 

The last-ditch challenges will be heard by two judges, Sir John Thomas, President of the Queen’s Bench Division, and Mr Justice Ouseley.

 

‘Inhumane treatment’

Hamza and Al-Fawwaz have already been granted interim injunctions preventing their removal pending the hearing.

 

The defendants will need to prove to a judge that there is “some new and compelling factor” that has not been already considered by previous courts.

 

Mr Ahmad has been held in a UK prison without trial for eight years after being accused of raising funds for terrorism with his co-accused, Syed Talha Ahsan.

 

Hamza, who is accused of planning a terror training camp in the US and assisting hostage-taking in Yemen, has been fighting extradition since 2004.

 

Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz are accused of being aides to Osama bin Laden in London.

 

After the European judges’ ruling, the Home Office said Hamza and Mr Ahmad, with Mr Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Mr Al-Fawwaz, would be “handed over to the US authorities as quickly as possible”.

 

Between 1999 and 2006, the men were indicted on various terrorism charges in the US.

 

The men have argued they would face inhumane treatment in the US

SOURCE: BBC News

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