Friday, January 4, 2013
Britain extradites terror suspect to face trial in New York
LONDON — Abid Naseer, a terror suspect alleged to be part of an al-Qaida plot to blow up targets in the United States, Norway and Britain, was put on a plane Thursday afternoon to face trial in New York next week.
Naseer, a 26-year-old Pakistani who arrived in Britain on a student visa, was first arrested in Manchester in 2009, along with 11 other Pakistanis, in police raids on suspected terrorism cells in northern England.
However, prosecutors lacked sufficient evidence to put him on trial and were blocked by human rights laws from deporting him back to Pakistan because he would risk being tortured there while in custody.
In July 2010, a U.S.-based inquiry uncovered evidence of his alleged involvement in a wider plot with American-based al-Qaida operatives to plant explosives in the New York subway system. Prosecutors demanded his extradition for trial in the United States.