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Court rules Labsi’s rights were violated

THE SECOND senate of Slovakia’s Constitutional Court ruled on October 19 that the detention of Mustafa Labsi, an Algerian national who was deported from Slovakia in April this year, was in violation of legal regulations and that his basic rights to freedom and security were violated by the actions of the Supreme Court as well as by the procedure of the Trnava Regional Court, the SITA newswire reported.

THE SECOND senate of Slovakia’s Constitutional Court ruled on October 19 that the detention of Mustafa Labsi, an Algerian national who was deported from Slovakia in April this year, was in violation of legal regulations and that his basic rights to freedom and security were violated by the actions of the Supreme Court as well as by the procedure of the Trnava Regional Court, the SITA newswire reported.

The Senate approved financial compensation of €3,000 for Labsi, which is to be paid to him by the Trnava Regional Court (€2,000) and the Supreme Court (€1,000).

Labsi will also receive compensation for court fees.

A failed asylum seeker, Labsi was suspected of links with Al Qaeda and had been convicted in Algeria and France on counterfeiting and terrorism charges.

He was deported in April to Algeria, which had been demanding his extradition.

Labsi's complaint regarded his detention at the Medveďov police detention facility in 2008, and the court decisions which had confirmed his detention.


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