European court blocks terror suspect extradition

LONDON (AP) — A European court has blocked Britain from extraditing a mentally ill suspect accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that sending Haroon Aswat to the United States would breach his human rights due to the "severity of his mental condition."

The Strasbourg, France-based court said Aswat, who is being held in England's Broadmoor secure psychiatric hospital, suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

Aswat is accused by U.S. prosecutors 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, more than a decade ago.

Mustafa was extradited to the United States last year and is currently awaiting trial.
Associated Press
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