- Associated Press - Monday, October 1, 2012

LONDON (AP) — A British man accused of terrorist fundraising launched a High Court bid on Monday to halt his extradition to the United States, mirroring a similar move by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri.

Babar Ahmad, 38, has been detained in Britain since 2004 on a U.S. warrant. He is accused of running websites used to raise money for terrorists and of supplying terrorists with gas masks and night-vision goggles. He has not faced charges in Britain but has been held without trial for the longest period of any British citizen detained since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Last week, a European court decision appeared to have cleared the way for the extradition of Mr. Ahmad and four other terror suspects — including al-Masri — after an eight-year legal battle.

Al-Masri, wanted on charges that include helping set up a terrorist training camp in rural Oregon, and Khaled Al-Fawwaz, a second terror suspect, have since filed challenges in Britain’s High Court against extradition.

Britain’s Judicial Office on Monday confirmed that Mr. Ahmad had joined them.

All three challenges will be heard Tuesday.

A fourth man, Adel Abdul Bary, has filed a separate challenge.

Authorities in the U.S. have asked for years for the suspects to be handed over, but the process had been delayed because the men have raised human rights objections.

Prosecutors in Connecticut accused Mr. Ahmad in 2004 of running several websites including Azzam.com, which investigators say was used to recruit members for the al Qaeda network, Chechen rebels and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Mr. Ahmad originally was arrested in Britain in 2003 on suspicion on terrorism offenses but did not face charges from U.K. prosecutors and was later released. He subsequently was arrested in 2004 over the U.S. allegations.

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