A COURT has ruled that a Birmingham-based imam can be extradited to Spain in order to stand trial.
43-year-old Tarik Chadlioui, a Belgian national based in Sparkhill, Birmingham, was accused of posting videos online which encourage young men to fight for Daesh during two trips to Mallorca in 2014 and 2015.
Spanish authorities requested that Chadlioui be extradited to Spain where he will stand trial for being a member of, or collaborating with, an armed group and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
His lawyers protested that extradition would breach article 8 of the European Convention on human rights which guarantees the right to a family life and questioned why he had not been arrested in Belgium if he was “this Isis recruitment agent”.
The judge responded that the father of eight’s family will be eligible for benefits and found that “the seriousness of the offence and the public interest in upholding our extradition agreement outweigh the interference with Mr Chadlioui and his family’s rights.”
Chadlioui ran a YouTube channel that had over 16,000 subscribers and was accused of travelling to Mallorca to guide a terror cell which recruited young people to fight for Daesh in the Syrian war.
He was arrested along with five others as part of a Spanish investigation into the violent YouTube videos which showed how a young Muslim man was recruited in Spain and sent off to fight in Syrian conflict zones.
Chadlioui remains in custody and has seven days to appeal the decision.