Euro court halts Hamza extradition fearing US torture

Hamza said that if he were extradited, he would face treatment in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights, preventing torture and inhuman and degrading treatment.

Euro court halts Hamza extradition fearing US torture
The European Court of Human Rights blocked Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri's extradition to the United States on terrorism charges.

The court said in a statement on Tuesday that it had upheld an application from Hamza, who is serving a seven-year jail term in Britain for "inciting" his people to murder non-believers.

Hamza said that if he were extradited, he would face treatment in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights, preventing torture and inhuman and degrading treatment.

In particular, he stressed he risked a life sentence without parole and might be held in a so-called "supermax" detention facility.

The court ordered that he should not be extradited until it was able to consider the case.

Reuters
Last Mod: 06 Ağustos 2008, 13:14
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