Extradition proceedings against a man wanted to face international terrorism charges in the United States continued today at the High Court in Dublin.
Ali Charaf Damache (49), an Algerian-born Irish citizen who has been living here for a decade, is wanted in the United States to face charges relating to the conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists and attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism.
It is alleged Damache - who went by the username “Theblackflag” - also participated in a conspiracy to transfer a passport stolen from a US citizen to an individual in Pakistan whom the conspirators believed to be a member of Al Qaeda.
The High Court heard today that three of Damanches alleged co-conspirators have already been sentenced. Counsel for the State, Mr Remy Farrell SC, this morning told the High Court that although Damache faces a potential sentence of 45 years in prison, that early release would still be possible.
Damache had twice sought judicial review of the DPP's decision not to prosecute him in Ireland for the offences, but both applications were refused by the High Court.
Counsel for Damache, Mr Mícheál P O’Higgins SC, said that his client had received a visit from a general practitioner due to ill health. Mr O’Higgins told the court that a bottle of water purchased by Damache for his illness, had been removed from him by a prison officer and poured down the sink.
Mr Justice John Edwards said that the incident had nothing to do with court proceedings and that he had no difficulty with Damache having a bottle of water in court.
The case continues tomorrow morning.