Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan, extradited terror suspects, plead not guilty (VIDEO)


Terror suspect Babar Ahmad is escorted into the High Court by prison officers on March 18, 2009 in London.


Peter Macdiarmid

Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan, two suspected terrorists, plead not guilty Saturday in a Connecticut courtroom. 

The two suspects were extradited from the UK to the United States Friday along with Islamic cleric Abu Hamza and two other men, Adel Abdul Bary and Khaled al-Fawwaz, to face charges of conspiracy to support terrorists, BBC News reported

Judges John Thomas and Duncan Ouseley ruled Friday to reject the last-ditch appeals from the five men, some of whom have been fighting their extraditions for up to 14 years, Al Jazeera reported

Ahmad was indicted in 2004 and Ahsan in 2006 for raising money and recruiting militant fighters from a website on a Connecticut-based internet service provider, according to BBC.

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Abu Hamza is currently jailed in Manhattan as he waits to face charges for setting up a training camp Oregon as well as abducting hostages; Khaled al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary are also in the same prison awaiting their trials for bombing two American embassies in Africa in 1998, the Associated Press reported

"It seems that the Metropolitan police, the CPS and the court have colluded to implement a pre-determined decision which was made in Washington," Ahmad's father Ishfaq said in a statement about his son's extradition, the Telegraph reported

"I'm absolutely delighted that Abu Hamza is now out of this country," British Prime Minister David Cameron said of the extradition, Agence France Presse reported. "Like the rest of the public, I'm sick to the back teeth of people who come here, threaten our country, who stay at vast expense to the taxpayer and we can't get rid of them."

It was not immediately clear when the other three men would be tried. 

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