Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Zambia to Deport Terror Suspect [Haroon Rashid Aswat] to Britain

LONDON (AP) -- Authorities in Zambia on Wednesday said a terror suspect wanted in connection with the deadly July 7 London bombings will be deported to Britain. An Italian prosecutor said the extradition of a July 21 bombing suspect could take weeks.

The investigation into the London terror attacks and the subsequent stepped-up security, meanwhile, have left the British capital's police force overstretched, a member of the force's watchdog said.

Haroon Rashid Aswat, a British man being held in Zambia and wanted for questioning over the attacks, will be deported, Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa said Wednesday.

Zambian authorities have said they've been questioning Aswat, 31, about 20 phone calls he allegedly made to some of the July 7 bombers on his South African cell phone.

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