Extradited British terror suspects to plead guilty in US

Babar Ahmad all credits: The Guardian
published: 6 December 2013

Two British terror suspects who were extradited to the US after an eight-year legal battle plan to change their pleas to guilty next week, a US court has said.

Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan faced trial after denying charges of providing material support to terrorists but have arranged a “change of plea hearing” at the US district court in Connecticut on Tuesday, a clerk at the court confirmed. Ahmad, 38, and Ahsan, 34, are accused of running websites that allegedly sought to raise money, recruit fighters and seek equipment for terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya.

The two men, both from London, are accused of operating a network of internet sites known as Azzam Publications that attracted worldwide support to the jihadist cause.

Syed Talha Ahsan Ahmad and Ahsan are being prosecuted in the US because of the role American authorities played in shutting down the Azzam network.

The men attempted to challenge the extradition in British courts and later in the European court of human rights, as the offences were committed in the UK. They were extradited to the US a year ago with three other men, including radical preacher Abu Hamza.

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