An Algerian man accused of blowing up a Paris metro station ten years ago has lost what could be his last fight against extradition to France. Rachid Ramda has been held in high security British jails since he was arrested on a French warrant shortly after the 1995 attack. Previous attempts to send him back to France floundered in the courts but Britain’s High Court has upheld a decision by the Interior Minister Charles Clarke.
Ramda’s lawyers had argued that he might be mistreated in France or deported to Algeria. But Lord Justice David Keene ruled Clarke was acting within his powers when he concluded that Ramda would be treated fairly. The bombing, the worst in France since World War Two, killed ten people and injured nearly 250 others.
The case has been a major sticking point in relations between Britain and France, which accused London of acting as a haven for Islamic militants, especially from North Africa.