UK suspect extradited to US to face terror charges

A mentally ill British man accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon was extradited to the US today after losing a nine-year legal battle.

PTI| Updated: Oct 21, 2014, 20:07 PM IST

London: A mentally ill British man accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon was extradited to the US today after losing a nine-year legal battle.

London's Metropolitan Police said Haroon Aswat was taken from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital west of London and escorted onto a plane by US officials.

Aswat is accused of conspiring with radical cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, also known as Abu Hamza al-Masri, to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, 15 years ago.

Aswat had been fighting extradition since his arrest on a US warrant in 2005, and has been treated for paranoid schizophrenia.

Last month Britain's High Court ruled that Aswat could be extradited after receiving assurances from US authorities that he would continue to be treated for his condition.

Prosecutors have linked Aswat to Mustafa, long prominent in the British media because of his fiery sermons at London's Finsbury Park Mosque. Mustafa was extradited nearly two years ago and convicted in New York in May of terrorism charges.