Terror Plot Suspect Extradited From UK to US
Abid Naseer, 26, flew out of Britain from Luton Airport near London under US custody and was en route to New York. He is due to face a federal judge on Monday on charges of joining a failed Al-Qaeda plot to bomb the Big Apple.
Naseer, from Manchester in northern England, “was extradited to America where he is accused of terrorism offences. His case is now a matter for the US authorities,” Britain’s Home Office said.
Naseer was originally arrested in Britain along with 10 other Pakistani men in 2009 over a suspected Manchester bomb plot. They were released without charge after prosecutors cited inadequate evidence, and ordered to be deported.
An immigration judge subsequently ruled that despite Naseer being “an Al-Qaeda operative who posed and still poses a serious threat,” he could not be returned to Pakistan as his safety there could not be guaranteed.
Two months after his release, in July 2010, Naseer was arrested again on a US warrant linked to the New York case.