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Birmingham-based imam can be extradited to Spain

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A UK-based imam who is accused by Spanish authorities of making recruitment videos for the Islamic State group (IS) can be extradited, a court has ruled.Tarik Chadlioui, 43, is accused of making propaganda films encouraging people to fight for IS in Syria.The alleged offences relate to two visits to Majorca in 2014 and 2015.Lawyers for Mr Chadlioui, of Sparkhill, Birmingham, argued that extradition breached his human rights.Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told extradition would compromise the father of eight’s right to a family life under the European Convention on Human Rights. Midlands Live: Mother dies after flat fire; family’s tragedy becomes Netflix filmThe court heard Mr Chadlioui was the sole breadwinner for the family, who have been in the UK since 2015.Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot rejected the claim, saying Mr Chadlioui’s family were eligible for benefits and could seek help from his mosque. “At worst, and I accept it might be a hardship, the oldest two children could go out and get jobs – they are 17 and 18 after all,” she said. Mr Chadlioui was one of six people arrested across Europe on 28 June at the request of investigators in Majorca.At earlier hearings, the Moroccan-born Belgian national protested his innocence.The 43-year-old’s lawyer, Malcolm Hawke, told the court: “His defence is that he has made thousands of these videos; why has he not been arrested in Belgium?”If he was this IS recruitment agent, this would have been picked up long before he came to the UK.”Last month the court heard claims he had been an “anti-terrorist” preacher for decades and that the videos are anti-jihadist in nature.Mr Chadlioui was remanded in custody and has seven days to apply for leave to appeal against the decision.
Source: BBC Black Country