LONDON – A judge ruled Tuesday that a British man can be extradited to the United States to face charges of supporting terrorism, conspiring to kill Americans and running a Web site that U.S. authorities say was used to fund terrorists.
The United States has promised not to seek the death penalty for Babar Ahmad. Home Secretary Charles Clarke, the top British official in charge of law and order, has 60 days to decide whether Ahmad will be extradited.
Ahmad’s lawyers said they would appeal the ruling. The 31-year-old computer specialist has been in custody since his August arrest on a U.S. extradition warrant….
Ahmad’s lawyer, Muddassar Arani, said her client “has been made a scapegoat.”…
Ahmad, who was indicted in Connecticut in October, is accused of running several Web sites, including Azzam.com, which investigators say was used to recruit members of the al-Qaida terror network, Afghanistan’s ousted Taliban network and Chechen rebel fighters in Russia and to outfit them with gas masks, night-vision goggles and camouflage gear.