Friday 14 May 2021

Court again delays extradition of terror suspect Sabir K to the US

The Hague district court on Tuesday again delayed the extradition of terror suspect Sabir K to the US, this time calling for more information about his original arrest.

The court said it first wanted to know if K was arrested in Pakistan at the request of the US authorities. If this proves to be the case, then the US may have been indirectly responsible for K’s torture and he should not be deported, the NRC quoted the court as saying.

The Netherlands and the US have signed an extradition treaty but the US and Pakistan have not. In addition, the US asked the Netherlands to extradite K well before he was deported home, news agency ANP said.

After a lengthy legal battle, justice minister Ivo Opstelten said in February the extradition could go ahead if America guaranteed K would receive proper treatment. Medical experts say the 26-year-old is suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome and depression.

K is wanted in the US in connection with a conspiracy to attack US military personnel in Afghanistan. The 26-year-old was arrested in Pakistan in 2010 and sent back to the Netherlands, where he was arrested on his arrival.

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