UK High Court OKs extradition of mentally ill man

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Associated Press

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 4 at 8:31 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain's High Court has cleared the way for the extradition of a mentally ill terrorism suspect to the United States.

The decision Thursday means that Haroon Aswat can face conspiracy charges in the U.S. He 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 Oregon over a decade ago.

A European court ruled last year he could not be extradited because of his mental condition. He has been treated in a secure psychiatric hospital for paranoid schizophrenia.

The British judges had sought assurances from U.S. officials that Aswat would still receive treatment for his condition.

Aswat had been fighting extradition since his arrest on a U.S. warrant in 2005.

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