December 18, 2001 |
After three years of legal delays, Britain's highest court ruled Monday that an alleged Al Qaeda leader can be extradited to the United States on charges he helped plan the lethal 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies. But U.S. officials here said Khalid Fawwaz can file more appeals in Europe that could delay any U.S. trial for months or years.
August 1, 2001 |
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan won his appeal Tuesday against a government ban preventing him from visiting Britain. Justice Michael Turner did not immediately disclose his reasoning in overturning the ban, imposed by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government in 1986. The judge said he would give his reasons Oct. 1, and he prohibited Farrakhan, a Chicago-based activist, from entering Britain until that time.
November 4, 2000 |
The British government illegally expelled nearly 2,000 inhabitants of the Chagos islands in the Indian Ocean at the height of the Cold War to make way for a strategic U.S. military base on Diego Garcia, the High Court ruled here Friday.
September 23, 2000 |
Declaring themselves "a court of law, not a court of morals," three judges from Britain's Court of Appeal ruled unanimously Friday that doctors may operate to separate conjoined twins even though surgery will lead to the death of one of the girls. The judges determined that the healthy twin's right to life outweighed that of the weak sister, who depends on her sibling for survival.
March 6, 2000 |
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has given Gen. Augusto Pinochet a silver plate originally cast to celebrate Sir Francis Drake's victory over the Spanish fleet--a clear reference to Spain's failed attempt to extradite the former Chilean dictator, the Sunday Times reported. The newspaper said Thatcher had arranged for the plate--a replica of one first cast in 1588--to be delivered to Pinochet's plane as it prepared to take off from a British air force base Thursday for Chile.
February 16, 2000 |
Britain's High Court ruled Tuesday that four countries seeking the extradition of Gen. Augusto Pinochet are entitled to see a medical report that found the former Chilean dictator unfit to stand trial. On those orders, the Home Office hand-delivered the report to the embassies of Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and France, which want Pinochet to face charges for human rights abuses committed during his 17-year military regime.