Zambia to deport suspected terrorist

Zambia to deport suspected terrorist

LUSAKA – A suspected militant arrested in Zambia and linked by media reports to the July 7 suicide bomb attacks in London will be deported to Britain, Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa said yesterday.

Haroon Rashid Aswad, a British citizen, was arrested in Zambia on July 20. Media reports have linked him to both the London bombings and an attempt to set up a militant training camp in the United States.”We have discussed with the governments of the US and Britain and we have finally agreed that Mr Aswad must be deported to Britain because that is his country,” Mwanawasa told a news conference.”The man was detained for terrorist activities and for violating immigration laws,” Mwanawasa said.”We are going to deport him very soon.”Zambian officials said that both British anti-terror investigators and representatives of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were in Lusaka and that the British team had been allowed to interrogate Aswad.Mwanawasa did not say when Zambia planned to deport Aswad, but a source at the British High Commission in Lusaka said he was expected to be handed over to British authorities late yesterday.A British security source said earlier that Aswad could be of more interest to US investigators than to the team investigating the London bombings.- Nampa-ReutersMedia reports have linked him to both the London bombings and an attempt to set up a militant training camp in the United States.”We have discussed with the governments of the US and Britain and we have finally agreed that Mr Aswad must be deported to Britain because that is his country,” Mwanawasa told a news conference.”The man was detained for terrorist activities and for violating immigration laws,” Mwanawasa said.”We are going to deport him very soon.”Zambian officials said that both British anti-terror investigators and representatives of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were in Lusaka and that the British team had been allowed to interrogate Aswad.Mwanawasa did not say when Zambia planned to deport Aswad, but a source at the British High Commission in Lusaka said he was expected to be handed over to British authorities late yesterday.A British security source said earlier that Aswad could be of more interest to US investigators than to the team investigating the London bombings.- Nampa-Reuters

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