Dutch court blocks extradition of terror suspect to US

[JURIST] The Hague Court of Appeal on Tuesday blocked the extradition [press release, in Dutch] of a Dutch-Pakistani terror suspect to the US because of "uncertainty regarding the US involvement in the torture of [Sabir] K." Sabir K. was arrested in Pakistan In 2010 and tortured by Pakistani secret service before being expelled to the Netherlands in 2011. He is accused of working with al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] from 2004-2010 and plotting a suicide attack on a US military base in Afghanistan. An investigation into US involvement never occurred because the Netherlands did not deem it necessary. However, the court prohibited the extradition.

Sabir K. had argued in his summary proceedings that the US was involved in the torture he has undergone, and he would not receive proper treatment for his post traumatic syndrome disorder. A Dutch judge blocked Sabir K.'s extradition in April until US authorities agreed to provide post traumatic stress disorder treatment [JURIST report] equal to what he was already receiving. In February The Hague District Court rejected a request [JURIST report] to block Sabir K.'s extradition. The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled in April 2012 that the extradition was legal [JURIST report], affirming the Rotterdam District Court's decision in October 2011 approving the extradition.

 

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