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Extradition for Paris bomb suspect
Paris Metro bombing
Eight people died in the Metro attack in 1995
An Algerian man wanted in connection with the Paris Metro bombing in 1995 is to be extradited to France.

Rashid Ramda is the longest-serving extradition prisoner in the UK after being held in custody for seven-and-a-half years.

He was arrested after the Paris explosion, in which eight people died and 87 were injured, 20 of them seriously.

Chief magistrate Timothy Workman at Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London said the extradition papers for Mr Ramda were in order.

He will send them to the Home Secretary for a final decision and Mr Ramda, a member of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA), has 15 days to appeal to the High Court.

Delay by the French government has resulted in him spending such a long period of time in custody
Julian Knowles
Mr Ramda's lawyer
He faces two charges of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions on 25 July, 1995.

A previous extradition order by the Home Secretary was overturned in the High Court in June last year.

Julian Knowles, acting for Mr Ramda, said the extended delays were due to the French government's "attitude of non-co-operation".

He said: "We do, and may in the future, complain about the delay - it is wholly unacceptable.

"Delay by the French government dealing with this case has resulted in him spending such a long period of time in custody."

He said the delays amounted to an abuse of process by the French government.


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