Al Qaeda ‘spokesman’ finally extradited to Madrid

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1 April 2005, MADRID–A man believed to be the Al Qaeda spokesman in Europe was expected to be extradited to arrive in Madrid after being extradited from Belgium.

1 April 2005

MADRID–A man believed to be the Al Qaeda spokesman in Europe was expected to be extradited to arrive in Madrid after being extradited from Belgium.

A Belgian court rejected an appeal from Moroccan-born Youssef Belhadj earlier this month.

Federal magistrate Eric Vander Sijp has now indicated his extradition is imminent.

Belhadj, 28, is suspected by the Madrid authorities of being the Al Qaeda spokesman who claimed responsibility for the atrocity in a videotape message.

The bomb attacks, at the height of the city's morning rush hour last March, killed 191 people.

Belhadj was first arrested in March 2004 because he was believed to be a member of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, but he was released due to lack of evidence.


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