Another 9/11 suspect extradited from London
3 June 2005, LONDON — For the second time in as many days, a court in London approved the extradition of a terror suspect to Spain over alleged links to the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
3 June 2005
LONDON — For the second time in as many days, a court in London approved the extradition of a terror suspect to Spain over alleged links to the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
Tunisian Hedi Ben Youseff Boudhiba, 45, gave little reaction as judge Daphne Wickham delivered her ruling at Bow Street magistrates court.
His lawyers had argued that he might try to commit suicide if sent to Spain for trial, or face torture in Tunisia if Spain repatriated him. They can lodge an appeal within seven days.
On Wednesday, another Bow Street judge ordered the extradition of Moroccan Farid Hilali, 36, to Spain where he has been accused of being a co-plotter in the 9/11 attacks.
Nearly 3,000 were killed when 19 men affiliated with Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network hijacked four airliners and flew three of them into the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.
The atrocity prompted US President George W Bush to launch a worldwide "war on terror".
The fourth airliner crashed in Pennsylvania.
Boudhiba, alias Fathi, is accused of belonging to a Spanish-based network which raised funds for Al-Qaeda and provided fake documents for suspects including Ramzi Binalshibh, a reputed kingpin in the 9/11 plot.
Spain's most senior terrorism investigator, judge Baltasar Garzon, has also linked Boudhiba to a network which conspired to use a deadly toxin, ricin, in London in January 2003.
Boudhiba was detained in August 2004 on an international arrest warrant from Garzon at Liverpool's John Lennon airport as he was about to board a flight to Barcelona, Spain.
He is alleged to have travelled from Hamburg, Germany, to Istanbul on 3 September, 2001 with Ahmed Taleb, a member of a Hamburg cell to which three of the 9/11 hijackers, notably plot leader Mohammed Atta, belonged.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news