Page last updated at 14:36 GMT, Monday, 28 July 2008 15:36 UK

Terror suspects' fears rejected

Scales of Justice statue at Old Bailey
The three men have 14 days to appeal the decision

Three suspected terrorists have lost a High Court bid to stop their extradition to Italy where they are facing trial.

The trio's lawyers said there was "a real risk" that the Italian authorities would send them to Tunisia, their home country, to face possible torture.

But the judges said the extradition of Habib Ignaoua, Mohamed Khemiri and Ali Chehidi - should go ahead.

They ruled Italy must be trusted to safeguard the men's rights.

Lord Justice Pill, sitting with Mrs Justice Rafferty, upheld the decision last May by District Judge Nicholas Evans that they should be extradited.

He said: "The appellants have not established there is a real risk of being deported to Tunisia".

The three now have 14 days in which to decide whether to appeal to the House of Lords.

The three men were detained under European Arrest Warrants issued at the request of a judge in Milan.

Mr Khemiri and Mr Chehidi were arrested last November in co-ordinated raids across Europe on an alleged network recruiting young men to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr Ignaoua was arrested the following month.

All three deny the charges.





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