In a landmark victory for the UK, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said extraditing the terrorism ”œrecruiting sergeant” Hamza and others would not lead to inhuman treatment in the US.
The Strasbourg court unanimously dismissed claims that conditions in American ”œsupermax” jails were degrading but rather luxuries such as televisions, phone calls and arts and crafts ”œwent beyond” what was provided in most European prisons.
David Cameron and Theresa May welcomed the ruling but said the cases had taken too long signalling that speeding up hearings could be part of the planned reforms of the Strasbourg court.
However, the ruling exposed tensions in the Coalition for the second time in a two weeks after the Liberal Democrats renewed calls for more suspects to be tried here rather than sent to America.
It comes ahead of a major conference on human rights and reform of the court to be held in Brighton next week.