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Labsi case back to Constitutional Court

THE CONSTITUTIONAL Court will deal with a motion filed by Mustafa Labsi, an Algerian who is suspected of cooperation with al-Qaeda and who was extradited to his homeland in April this year.

THE CONSTITUTIONAL Court will deal with a motion filed by Mustafa Labsi, an Algerian who is suspected of cooperation with al-Qaeda and who was extradited to his homeland in April this year.

Labsi charges there was a violation of his basic right to freedom and security, as guaranteed by the Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, by the Border and Foreigners’ Police in Bratislava, the Regional Court in Trnava, and the Slovak Supreme Court.

Labsi’s attorney, Martin Škamla, told the TASR newswire that the allegations are related to Labsi’s incarceration in 2009 at the detention camp in Medveďov.

“In the filing we complain against the detention itself, as well as the decision of the courts which approved the detention,” Škamla said, as quoted by TASR. According to Škamla, since Labsi has already been extradited from Slovakia, the most that could result from a Constitutional Court ruling in his favour is financial compensation.

Slovak police detained Labsi in May 2007 on the basis of an Algerian arrest warrant when he came to Slovakia to join his wife, who is a Slovak citizen. She and Labsi have a child.

The Algerian authorities alleged that Labsi belonged to the North African branch of Al-Qaeda, and that he had committed document falsification and terrorist crimes. They requested that Slovakia hand him over, which Slovakia eventually did on April 22, 2010.


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