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Italy court date for bomb suspect
Hussain Osman
Hussain Osman is being linked to the Shepherd's Bush attack
London bombing suspect Hussain Osman will face an extradition hearing on 17 August, an Italian judge has said.

Mr Osman, also known as Hamdi Issac, was arrested in Rome in connection with the failed 21 July bomb attacks on three Tubes and a bus.

Judge Domenico Miceli said he would formalise the date later this week.

The suspect has already faced an initial hearing in Rome, but his lawyer believes a final decision could be reached at the 17 August hearing.

1: Yasin Hassan Omar, 24, wanted over bomb attempt on a Tube near Warren Street, arrested in Birmingham
2: Muktar Said Ibrahim, 27, suspected of attempting to bomb a No 26 bus in Shoreditch, arrested in North Kensington, London
3: Ramzi Mohammed, wanted over failed attempt to bomb a Tube near Oval, arrested in North Kensington, London
4. Hussain Osman, 27 (also known as Hamdi Issac) wanted over the Shepherd's Bush attack, arrested in Rome

Antonietta Sonnessa, his court-appointed lawyer, said the hearing was likely to be "the decisive one".

She told the Associated Press: "The judge will evaluate the hypothesis of extradition, listening to the arguments of all, prosecution and defence, in order to assess any possible obstacle."

Police in the UK allege the Ethiopian-born Briton ran from Shepherd's Bush station in west London on 21 July - after he had allegedly attempted to bomb a train.

He is believed to have left London Waterloo on a Eurostar train on 26 July, travelling to Paris and Milan before arriving in Rome.

Two of Mr Osman's brothers were also arrested and questioned by police in Italy.

Some 37 people have been detained under the Terrorism Act in the UK as part of the inquiry into the events of 21 July.

Of them, 14 remain in custody, one has been charged and the rest released without charge.

Hear what Osman Hussain's lawyer has to say

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