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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
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