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Ali Charaf Damache

Ali Charaf Damache

Ali Charaf Damache

A MAN whose extradition on terrorism charges is sought by the US has won his Supreme Court appeal against the High Court's refusal of permission for a judicial review of a decision not to prosecute him here.

The five-judge Supreme Court unanimously ruled Ali Charaf Damache is entitled to judicial review of whether the DPP's March 2011 refusal to prosecute him here is reviewable in the circumstances of his case. The review will also examine whether the DPP was entitled, in the circumstances of his case, to refuse to give reasons for her refusal.

Mr Damache (50), an Algerian-born Irish citizen, is wanted by the US in connection with an alleged conspiracy to provide support to terrorists. If convicted in the US, he could face up to 45 years in jail, a term his lawyers said would be "a lot more" than could be imposed here.

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