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Terrorist suspect to appeal extradition

Algerian citizen Mustafa Labsi, who is alleged to have co-operated with international terrorist organization Al-Qaida and to have been involved in the planning of a number of terrorist attacks, is to appeal a ruling on December 3 by a regional court in Bratislava that he be extradited to Algeria. This information was provided by Labsi's legal representative, Milan Menyhart.

The appeal will be heard by Slovakia's Supreme Court. Following its decision, the justice ministry will adopt a final ruling on the case. The justice ministry won't comment until the regional court's decision is delivered, ministry spokesman Michal Jurči said.

"The extradition is acceptable. From evidence provided by Algeria it was proven that Mustafa Labsi was convicted legitimately in his native country and given a life sentence for producing and using false documents and for being a member of a terrorist organization active in Algeria and abroad. The extradition is backed by a bilateral agreement on legal assistance between the former Czechoslovakia and Algeria," said the regional court's head judge following the ruling.

According to the judge, the Algerian side has guaranteed that Labsi won't be sentenced to death. He will also be given a new trial with the right to appeal to the Algerian Supreme Court, and will be able to choose his legal representative in Algeria. In addition, it has been agreed that he won't be tortured in prison. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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