Regional court grants Labsi appeal

A judge in Bratislava on February 4 upheld the appeal of Algerian asylum-seeker Mustafa Labsi against a decision by the Slovak Interior Ministry's Migration Office last year not to grant him asylum in Slovakia and referred the case back to the ministry.

A judge in Bratislava on February 4 upheld the appeal of Algerian asylum-seeker Mustafa Labsi against a decision by the Slovak Interior Ministry's Migration Office last year not to grant him asylum in Slovakia and referred the case back to the ministry.

Specifying in its ruling that its decision could not be appealed, the Bratislava Regional Court said the ministry failed to reveal relevant information about Labsi's country of origin, based on which the migration authorities could objectively decide on whether to grant him asylum.

Suspected by the authorities of working with the international terrorist network al Qaeda, Labsi was freed from a special prison for foreigners in Meďvedov (Trnava region) on February 3 after he had been held for 180 days, the maximum period of detention in such cases. The regional court judge stated that the ministry also gave insufficient evidence to support its rejection of Labsi's asylum application on the ground that he posed a danger to the Slovak Republic.

Labsi’s lawyer told the court his client faced torture and inhumane treatment in his home country. Labsi was arrested by the Slovak police on May 4, 2007, when attempting to cross the Slovak-Austrian border illegally; however, he has never committed a crime in Slovakia. He was released on August 5, 2008, only to be detained by Slovakia's Foreign Police on the same day.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Jankovská admitted to her relationship with Kočner. She also mentioned Fico

Former state secretary of the Justice Ministry started cooperating with the investigators after months in pre-trial custody for corruption-related crimes.

Monika Jankovská

Pass a Slovak language dictation so you can work with foreigners

The draft migration policy proposal is out. Where does a foreigner find the official, certified list of cultural realities and traditions they are supposed to respect?

Some problems with the Foreigners’ Police continue.

One in five women has experienced violence

The situation is far from satisfactory, said President Čaputová.