October 8, 2012

Assange time at Belmarsh the UK Guantanamo

Ursprungligen postat av Aleksanterinkatu
Five terror suspects including Abu Hamza al-Masri have left jail to begin extradition to the US after losing the last appeal in a long legal battle.

The High Court ruled Hamza, Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz did not show "new and compelling" reasons to stay.

The men left Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire in a police convoy.


In the final judgment of the High Court said that the legal proceedings in extradition cases take between 14 and eight years. The first request for extradition to the United States in these cases in 1998. And yet we read daily posts that tear their hair out over the conspiracy theorists who do not realize that it is easier to get Assange extradited to the U.S. from England than from Sweden.

British courts are therefore difficult to control. It took at least eight years in this case. And then Abu Hamza al-Masri, unlike Assange rightly suspected support for terrorism. Abu Hamza has many times expressed its support for Al-Qaeda.

In the case of process against Assange in UK, it took 19 months to process EAW come through the system. Despite this, says a spokesman from Royal Prosecution Service that the whole process has gone extremely fast (source: the mail-corr between RPS and Karin Rosander who put out the "under the carpet").

A U.S. request to the UK to omit Assange should then reasonably take much longer to process. Or is Assange a greater threat to the U.S. than Abu Hamza? And how long would Swedish judiciary have in which to deal with a question of omissions to the U.S.? Months or years?

Bonus Information :: Abu Hamza al-Masri, has been held at Belmarsh prison in south London, a special prison for perpetrators, and terror suspects. It was also there that Assange was when he volunteered to the London police in Dec. 2010. And that was where he was in solitary confinement for 10 days. It says something about how he was regarded by British police at the time: as a potential terrorist.

Ministry approved the Swedish EAWn against Assange in November 2010. Which informal contacts were then between Swedish and British Foreign Office on Assange?

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