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Extradition hearing set for bombing suspect arrested in Italy

[JURIST] Italian anti-terror magistrate Pietro Saviotti said Thursday that an extradition hearing has been scheduled for August 17 for Hamdi Issac, a suspect in the failed July 21 London bombing attacks [JURIST report], who was apprehended in Rome last week [JURIST report]. Issac, an Ethiopian, was living in the UK under the name Osman Hussain and initially claimed to be of Somali origin. He has admitted a role in the attacks, but said he did not intend to kill himself or anyone else. He was arrested under a European Union arrest warrant [EU backgrounder], a new device designed to speed the return of suspects to countries where they are wanted, after authorities traced his cell phone calls. Saviotti said Italian investigations "would not hamper or delay the extraditional procedure," but some legal experts have predicted that the extradition could take up six months because of Italy's slow legal process. AKI has more.

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