Terror Suspect Wanted in US Wins Irish Case, Walks Free

DUBLIN — An Algerian-born terror suspect wanted in the United States walked free from a Dublin court Thursday after five years behind bars and a two-year legal battle against extradition.

U.S. authorities had sought to convict Ali Charaf Damache, 50, on two counts of conspiring to develop a European terror cell and to aid Pakistan-based terrorists. He had been held without bail in Ireland since March 2010 but walked free from Dublin High Court after Justice Aileen Donnelly delivered a 333-page judgment that criticized Irish prosecutors and potentially cruel U.S. prison conditions.

Donnelly cited what she called “substantial grounds for believing that Mr. Damache will be at real risk of being subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment if extradited to the USA.”