- - Thursday, January 3, 2013


LONDON — Police in Britain have extradited a suspected terrorist to the United States to face charges that he took part in an alleged al Qaeda plot to detonate explosives aboard the New York City subway system.

Authorities handed over Abid Naseer, 26, to U.S. authorities Thursday.

Prosecutors want Mr. Naseer to stand trial in the U.S. for his alleged role in a terrorist campaign that also would have struck targets in Britain and Norway.

U.S. prosecutors told a British court hearing his extradition case two years ago that they plan to prove that Mr. Naseer collected bomb ingredients, conducted reconnaissance and communicated with al Qaeda operatives.

The alleged activities were suspected to be part of a foiled New York plot and another plot to bomb a shopping area in the English city of Manchester.


Police charge 5 in deadly gang rape

NEW DELHI — Authorities filed rape and murder charges Thursday against five men accused of the gang rape of a 23-year-old university student on a New Delhi bus, a crime that horrified Indians and provoked a national debate about the treatment of women.

Police said they plan to push for the death penalty in the case, as government officials promised new measures to protect women in the nation’s capital.

Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan filed a case of rape, tampering with evidence, kidnapping, murder and other charges against the men in a fast-track court in southern Delhi inaugurated a day earlier to deal specifically with crimes against women. Mr. Mohan asked for a closed trial, and a hearing was set for Saturday.

The men charged are Ram Singh, 33, the bus driver; his brother Mukesh Singh, 26, who cleans buses for the same company; Pavan Gupta, 19, a fruit vendor; Akshay Singh, 24, a bus washer; and Vinay Sharma, 20, a fitness trainer. They did not appear in court.

A sixth suspect was listed as 17 and was expected to be tried in a juvenile court, where the maximum sentence would be three years in a reform facility.

Police also detained the owner of the bus on accusations that he used false documents to obtain permits to run the private bus service.


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