The second senate of the Slovak Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday, October 19, that the detention of asylum-seeker Mustafa Labsi was in violation of legal regulations and that his basic rights to freedom and security were violated by the actions of Slovakia’s Supreme Court as well as by the procedure of the Trnava Regional Court.
Labsi, an Algerian citizen suspected of links with Al Qaeda who was convicted in Algeria and in France on counterfeiting and terrorism charges, claimed that he could face torture if deported to his home country. Based on a Supreme Court decision, however, he was deported in April to Algeria, which had demanded his extradition.
The-then interior minister, Robert Kaliňák (Smer), called the verdict of the Supreme Court "a victory of common sense and a guarantee of security for our citizens," adding , as quoted by the SITA newswire, that Slovakia could not allow a man convicted of terrorism to move freely around its territory.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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20. Oct 2010 at 14:00