LONDON – A British judge ruled Tuesday that a Briton can be extradited to the United States to face charges of soliciting support for terrorism and trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Arizona.
The United States has promised not to seek the death penalty for Babar Ahmad (search), who is also accused of conspiring to kill Americans and laundering money.
Home Secretary Charles Clarke (search), 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 any decision to send him to the United States.
Judge Timothy Workman said he accepted "categorical assurances" by U.S. authorities that they would not seek the death penalty or declare Ahmad, 31, an "enemy combatant," a category applied to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay (search).
"I have reached the conclusion that the risk of this being imposed by a civilian court is negligible," Workman said, referring to the death penalty.
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 Al Qaeda (search), Taliban (search) and Chechen rebel fighters and to outfit them with gas masks, night-vision goggles and camouflage gear.
Ahmad's case is being heard under contentious "fast track" extradition procedures that came into effect in January 2004. The new rules lessen the burden of proof in some cases, allowing certain countries, including the United States, to provide "information," rather than evidence, that a crime has been committed.