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Alleged terrorist awaiting decision on extradition

Algerian citizen Mustafa Labsi, who is accused of having co-operated with international terrorist organization al-Qaeda, is still in custody in Bratislava awaiting a decision on extradition to Algeria, his lawyer Milan Menyhart said on August 6.

Menyhart, who said that the final decision will be made by the Slovak Justice Ministry, expressed fear for his client's safety if extradited.

"My client is afraid of being sent to Algeria,” Menyhart said. “He says that people 'go missing' in the local prisons." According to some media reports, Labsi may be tortured there.

Labsi was detained by the Slovak police on June 20. The decision on his extradition should be made within 60 days from then.

Algeria requesteded Slovakia extradite Labsi at the beginning of June, after he came to Slovakia with his wife, who is Slovak, and their child. Labsi has asked for asylum in several European countries, including France, Austria, Great Britain and Slovakia.

Several media have reported that Labsi is on Interpol's list of wanted terrorists. He is said to have taken part in the training of terrorists in Afghanistan, and to have established contacts with al-Qaeda members and various other terrorist groups active in Europe and Canada. He was reportedly a member of an Algerian Islamist terrorist group in London called GSPC.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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