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Bomb suspect extradition approved
Hussain Osman, also known as Hamdi Isaac
Hussain Osman has been held in a Rome prison
One of the suspects in the 21 July failed London bomb attacks has lost his appeal in Italy against extradition to the UK, a government lawyer has said.

Hussain Osman, 27, also known as Hamdi Issac, was arrested in Italy a week after the attacks. He is accused of trying to blow up Shepherd's Bush Tube.

Italy's highest court on Tuesday upheld a previous ruling that he could be extradited, Paolo Iorio said.

Three other men have been charged in the UK with the failed London bombings.

Mr Osman is expected to be transferred to Britain within the next 10 days, said Mr Iorio.

"The request of the British government has been accepted," he told reporters after the hearing at the Court of Cassation.

Mr Osman was arrested on a new European Arrest Warrant in Rome on 29 July.

The court case has been seen as a test case for the warrant, which is intended to speed up extradition in such cases.

Remanded in custody

The other three suspected bombers - Ibrahim Muktar Said, 27, Yassin Hassan Omar, 24, and Ramzi Mohamed, 23 - appeared before Bow Street magistrates sitting at Belmarsh high security prison in south-east London on 8 August.

They are charged with attempted murder and possessing explosives following alleged attempted bomb attacks on three Tube trains and a bus.

They and a fourth man, Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, 32, are also charged with conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions.

The charges against Mr Asiedu relate to an unexploded device found two days after the bomb attempts.

The four men will next appear in court on 14 November.

The failed 21 July attacks took place two weeks to the day after four suicide bombers killed 52 passengers on the London transport network.

Scene outside the court


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