AN AL-QAEDA suspect linked to the September 11 atrocities and the ricin plotters in London can be extradited to Spain, a court ruled yesterday.
Hedi Ben Yousseff Boudhiba, a Tunisian, is an alleged associate of Kamel Bourgass, the terrorist serving life for the murder of a British policeman and the plan to make chemical weapons.
Mr Boudhiba, 45, has been named in a Spanish indictment as a key figure in a cell that helped the 9/11 planners in Hamburg and, more recently, recruited men to fight in Iraq.
District Judge Daphne Wickham, sitting at Bow Street Magistrates” Court, ordered his extradition despite his claims that he was suffering from “clinical depression with psychotic features”.
The story of the hunt for Mr Boudhiba is connected to a terrorist network across the Continent, according to the European arrest warrant issued by Baltasar GarzÃ³n, the Spanish anti-terrorist judge. Mr Boudhiba was said to be one of eight men involved in supporting Islamist terror groups.
The group was allegedly organised according to the instructions of Ansar al-Islam, run by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of the Iraqi insurgency.
It supplied false documents, including passports, to the al-Qaeda group in Hamburg that organised and supplied personnel for the attacks in New York and Washington in 2001.