Terror suspect accuses UK of ordering torture

[JURIST] A terror suspect accused in Spain of links to the Sept. 11 attacks has accused the UK Security Service [official website] of using rendition [JURIST news archive] to arrange his torture in several Arab countries. Farid Hilali made the accusation in a statement to the UK High Court [official website], which is hearing an appeal of extradition proceedings [JURIST report] to determine whether Hilali, a 36-year-old Moroccan, can be handed over to Spanish authorities. Hilali argued that Spain wanted to extradite him so that it could turn him over to the Moroccan government for further torture. The hearings were halted Tuesday and will be resumed February 10. Hilali has been linked to the Sept. 11 attacks by Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile] for allegedly contacting [BBC report] the head of a Madrid al Qaeda cell in the weeks preceding the attacks. AFP has more.

 

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