Alleged Algerian terrorist appeals ruling of Slovak Migration Office

Alleged Algerian terrorist Mustafa Labsi has appealed a decision by the Slovak Interior Ministry's Migration Office to not grant him asylum in Slovakia, the TASR newswire was told by Labsi's lawyer, Martin Škamla, on July 13.

Alleged Algerian terrorist Mustafa Labsi has appealed a decision by the Slovak Interior Ministry's Migration Office to not grant him asylum in Slovakia, the TASR newswire was told by Labsi's lawyer, Martin Škamla, on July 13.

"We don't agree with the Migration Office's ruling. My client can't be extradited to Algeria, so his situation has to be resolved in Slovakia," said Škamla.

On June 11, the Migration Office again refused to grant Labsi asylum, stating that his case didn't comply with the conditions necessary for approval. The Migration Office has been dealing with Labsi's case since the Bratislava Regional Court in February upheld the Algerian national's appeal against a decision by the same body last year not to grant him asylum and referred the case back to the ministry.

The Court said that the ministry failed to supply relevant information about Labsi's country of origin upon which the migration authorities could decide without bias whether to grant him asylum. Labsi's lawyer told the court that his client faced torture and other inhumane treatment if he is returned to Algeria.

Suspected of working with the international terrorist network al-Qaeda, Labsi was freed from the special prison for foreigners in MedveĎov in Trnava region on February 3 after 180 days of incarceration - the maximum detention period allowed for such cases.

He was originally arrested by Slovak police on May 4 2007 when attempting to cross the Slovak-Austrian border illegally. He has never been charged with committing a crime in Slovakia, however. He was released for the first time 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.

Top stories

Sweden is a European leader in further education, with 34.3 percent of involved adults in 2019.

Further education gives hope, but not to people in Slovakia

Stepping up to world-class further education provision does not end with a strategy, examples from abroad show.


11. jún
An interactive statue by the Love Bank museum in Banská Štiavnica.

Instead of love, "garden gnomes" cause uproar in a Slovak UNESCO town

Your weekly dose of easy reads about Slovakia, including EURO 2020 and geoparks.


11. jún

News digest: Another Covid strain detected in Slovakia

People who have received the first vaccine dose and more than 21 days have passed will have milder conditions when crossing the border from a green-tier country. No Covid death recorded today for the first time in several months. Slovaks will play their first match at the Euro 2020 on Monday. Learn more in today's digest.


11. jún