Dutch Supreme Court OKs Extradition of Terror Suspect

By:  Joe Wolverton, II
04/18/2012
       
Dutch Supreme Court OKs Extradition of Terror Suspect

 On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld the decision of the Rotterdam District Court in 2011 to permit the extradition to the United States of a man suspected of contributing to the planning of a suicide bomb attack on an American military base in Afghanistan in 2010.

 On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld the decision of the Rotterdam District Court in 2011 to permit the extradition to the United States of a man suspected of contributing to the planning of a suicide bomb attack on an American military base in Afghanistan in 2010.

 

The alleged terrorist is Sabir Khan, known in the United States as "Younis the Dutch." He holds dual Dutch and Pakistani citizenship.  According to court documents, Khan argued that extradition to the United States would be prohibited under Article 3 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
 
The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (commonly referred to as the European Convention on Human Rights) was enacted in 1950 by the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. Article 3 of the treaty forbids the subjection of an individual to “torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
 
Khan has invoked the protections of Article 3 claiming that while in American custody in Pakistan [words missing]. Specifically, Khan’s attorneys averred in pleadings that their client was “tortured, subjected to mock executions and detained in unhygienic and cold prison cells before being put on a plane to the Netherlands.  In its ruling the Supreme Court of the Netherlands “did not find any proof of direct involvement of US officials in this case.” There are no further legal obstacles to extradition,” the judges concluded.
 
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Photo: The Supreme Court of the Netherlands
 

 

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