Algerian Mustafa Labsi, the alleged terrorist who was extradited from Slovakia back in 2010, has escaped the death penalty at his home country and has been released from the prison. Labsi can now claim for the financial compensation from the Slovak courts which unsuccessfully dealt with his demand to stay in Slovakia, based on the ruling passed by the European Court of Justice (ECHR), the TASR newswire reported on November 17.
“I can confirm that my client, Mr Labsi, whom I represented before the ECHR, is currently at liberty,” said Marián Hrbáň, Labsi’s lawyer, as quoted by TASR. Labsi said that his civil rights had been violated by the Slovak courts, TASR wrote.
Slovakia’s representative at ECHR, Marica Pirošíková, said that information on the release of Labsi was provided by Algeria’s embassy to Slovakia. The reasons for Labsi’s release remain unclear, however.
Labsi, who was charged with cooperating with international terrorist network al-Qaeda, unsuccessfully sought asylum in Slovakia, as well as in other countries, on the grounds that he would face torture and/or the death penalty in Algeria.
He was extradited from Slovakia to Algeria in mid-April 2010, but won his lawsuit against Slovakia’s Border and Foreigners Police in absentia at the Supreme Court later that month. The latest information on Labsi was from summer 2010, according to which he was imprisoned at the Algerian penitentiary Al-Harrash in Algiers.
For more information about this story please see: Slovakia ordered to compensate Labsi
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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