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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Did the ECtHR get it wrong in Abu Hamza judgment?

Did the ECtHR get it wrong in Abu Hamza judgment?

Imagine the wave of indignation that would be swamping the British media if European judges had ruled that Abu Hamza could not be extradited to the US.

A torture abusing country, the UK, intends to extradite innocent until proven guilty suspects to another torture abusing country, the US.

In 1979 the European Commission of Human Rights found the United Kingdom government guilty of using psychological torture on IRA political detainees in Northern Ireland.

Abu Hamza and co are destined for ADX Florence supermax prison: the Alcatraz of the Rockies. A serving prisoner speaks out.

Shain Duka, convicted of a terrorist plot to attack a US army base, recently described his time inside the ADX to the Guardian. "These are places to silence us. To keep you controlled. I consider the supermax as a psychological torture chamber. That's what it is," he said.

Perhaps the lawyers for the men should lodge an appeal to the Grand Chamber and argue that the Chamber did not take into account psychological torture?

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