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Human Rights Judges rule on extradition to USA

The European Court of Human Rightsin Strasbourg has today rejected the claims of five terrorist suspects that extradition to the USA would result in a breach of their human rights.

The claims were made by Mr Ahmad, Mr Ahsan, Mr Bary, Mr Al-Fawwaz and Abu Hamza that extradtion to the USA would expose them to “torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” with disproportionate sentences and concerns with detainment at ADX Florence. ADX has restrictive conditions and lack of human contact.

The Human Rights Court ruled that “detention conditions and length of sentences of 5 alleged terrorists would not amount to ill-treatment if they were extradited to USA.”

The Court has indicated that no extradition should take place until the ruling is final, that is after 3 months with no appeal or until the case was referred to the Grand Chamber of the Human Rights Court.

David Cameron is quoted as saying he was “very pleased” with the outcome.

One of the men has been held up for nearly 8 years without trial.  He seeks to be charged and tried in the UK because his alleged crimes were committed here.

Politicians are hardly lining up to criticise this decision but there are concerns about the trial not being held in the UK, availability of the death penalty in the USA and detention without trial for the alleged terrorists,

Ensuring that our clients’ human rights are upheld is at the very heart of the work that Swain & Co. Solicitors does. There is no area of law that we practice which cannot be said to have a Human Rights element, including Public Law, Judicial Review and Discrimination.

If you think your Human Rights have been breached, do not hesitate to contact us now. Areas relevant to Human Rights issues include:

  • Prisoners rights
  • Provision of medical treatment
  • Detention under the Mental Health Act
  • Right to family life
  • Local Authority cutbacks
  • Closure of care homes
  • Inhuman and degrading treatment

Swain & Co hold specialist Legal Aid contracts including Clinical Negligence, Family Law, Community Care, Public Law, Actions against Police and many others.

Call Swain & Co. on 02392 483322 (Havant/Portsmouth); 02380 631111 (Southampton); 0208 6929100 (London); or 0151 2552286 (Liverpool).

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