Rachid Ramda arrived in France today after being extradited from the UK. Earlier in the day he had been refused leave to appeal to the House of Lords against a High Court ruling on 18 November that upheld the Home Secretary's decision to extradite him.
Key evidence against Rachid was originally obtained from co-defendant Boualem Bensaid, said by Rachid's lawyers to have been tortured during interrogation while in French custody.
Later this month the Law Lords are expected to rule on the admissibility in British courts of evidence obtained under torture. It's a disgrace that Rachid has been whisked out of the country in advance of their ruling. This cynical manoeuvre comes as the British authorities are coming under growing pressure over Britain's complicity in CIA torture flights.