The Bratislava Regional Court is to deal with detained Algerian Mustafa Labsi's appeal against a decision by the Slovak Interior Ministry's Migration Office not to grant him asylum in Slovakia, it was announced on February 3.
Labsi, who the authorities say is suspected of co-operating with the international terrorist network al Qaeda, was released from the special prison for foreigners in Medveďov (Trnava region) on Tuesday after 180 days of incarceration, the maximum detention period allowed, the TASR newswire wrote.
The Interior Ministry plans to transport Labsi to an asylum shelter where he will await the court's decision. He is considered persona non grata in Slovakia until 2016. However, Labsi can't be deported until the court rules on his appeal.
He was arrested by the Slovak police on May 4, 2007 while attempting to cross the Slovak-Austrian border illegally. He was released on August 5, 2008, only to be detained by Slovakia's Foreign Police on the same day. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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