Man accused in Oregon jihad plot to face charges in US

British judges agree to extradite Haroon Aswat

Haroon Aswat, accused of conspiring to launch a terrorist training camp in Oregon in 1999, will be extradited to the US. (CNN/MGN)
Haroon Aswat, accused of conspiring to launch a terrorist training camp in Oregon in 1999, will be extradited to the US. (CNN/MGN)

LONDON (KOIN 6) — Britain’s High Court has cleared the way for the extradition of a mentally ill terrorism suspect to the United States.

The decision Thursday means that Haroon Aswat can face conspiracy charges in the US. He is accused by US prosecutors of conspiring with radical cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa – also known as Abu Hamza al-Masri – to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon over a decade ago.

He’s accused of scouting land, planning training exercises and screening potential recruits for the camp, which never broke ground.

Aswat, born in Britain and of Indian heritage, was arrested in Zambia in July 2005 and deported to England.

Representatives from Oregon’s US Attorney’s Office said they had no comment on Aswat’s extradition because the case is being prosecuted out of the Southern District of New York. He will not be coming back to Oregon.

The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.

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