LONDON (AP) — A judge on Friday granted a suspected Algerian terrorist the right to stay in Britain on human rights grounds, but ordered six other suspects to be return to Algeria.
British officials had sought to deport all seven, who were said to be threats to Britain's national security. They were not identified for legal reasons. Judge John Mitting, who led a closed-door special immigration hearing, said the court was satisfied with the Algerian government's assurances that the men would be protected from ill-treatment once returned.
But he said one suspect, a 43-year-old man, should not be deported because he was diagnosed with serious depression and had a "very high" risk of committing suicide if returned to his country. Removing him would breach European human rights laws, Mitting said.
The man, who sought asylum in Britain after entering in 1995 on a fake passport, is suspected of providing material support to various international terror groups including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM.
Officials said there was no evidence that any of the seven were involved in terrorist activities in Algeria.