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Irish based man wanted in US on terrorism charges applies for extradition delay

Niamh O’Donoghue

Published 07/05/2013 | 12:40

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Ali Charaf Damache
Ali Charaf Damache at an earlier court appearance

Lawyers for an Algerian man known as the black flag, who is facing extradition to the United States on international terrorism charges, have asked for a three-week adjournment for the State to consider a detailed letter.

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Ali Charaf Damache (47) is wanted in the US to face charges relating to the conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists and to attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism.

Damache, who has been living in Ireland for a decade, was arrested in March by gardai in Waterford courthouse on foot of a High Court warrant just minutes after he had pleaded guilty to sending a menacing phone call to US Muslim activist Majed Moughni in January 2010.

The charges arose after Damache was originally arrested in March 2010 as part of an unrelated investigation into a large conspiracy to murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who sparked an international controversy by depicting the Prophet Mohammed on the head of a dog.

Damache unexpectedly pleaded guilty on day six of his trial to sending a menacing message by telephone and was sentenced to three years. However, as he had been in custody since March 2010, he was released immediately.

The High Court previously heard his defence team was seeking a detailed report on a US super-max prison for terrorism detainees described as a clean version of hell.

Today Mr Mark Lynham BL for Damache told the High Courtthe defence sent a very detailed letter to the State and asked for a three-week adjournment for it to be considered.

Mr Justice John Edwards granted the adjournment and put the matter back to June 4 for mention before remanding Mr Damache in custody.

Mr Lynam previously told the court that people charged with terrorism offences can end up in the ADX super-maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado, where prisoners are kept in complete solitary confinement.

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