LUSAKA, Zambia – Zambia deported on Sunday a Briton who has been questioned in connection with the July 7 London transit bombings and is suspected of links to al-Qaida, a senior Zambian official said.
Britain sent a plane to collect Haroon Rashid Aswat, who was detained in the Zambian capital on July 20, Home Affairs Secretary Peter Mumba said. Aswat boarded the plane at 3 a.m. EDT and departed soon after, he said. No further details were released.
Zambian authorities have questioned Aswat about 20 phone calls reportedly made on his South African cell phone to some of the bombers responsible for the July 7 attacks that killed 56 people in London, including the four bombers themselves.
A London police spokesman said he was not aware of any extradition proceedings against Aswat, a British citizen of Indian descent. It was not immediately clear whether he faces any charges in Britain and the police would not comment on that question…