Extradition of 'terror mastermind' two weeks off

16th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

16 July 2004, ROME — Rome is to decide in two weeks if it will allow the extradition of one of the alleged masterminds behind the 11 March train bombings who was arrested in Italy, it emerged Friday.

16 July 2004

ROME — Rome is to decide in two weeks if it will allow the extradition of one of the alleged masterminds behind the 11 March train bombings who was arrested in Italy, it emerged Friday.

The Spanish government has requested the extradition of Rabei Osman Ahmed el Sayed, 33, because of the suspect's "significant role" in the attacks.

The bombings left 192 people dead and more than 1,500 injured.

A spokesman for the Italian justice department said Friday it would announce the decision on 30 July, though it is not expected to refuse.

Egyptian-born Rabei, 32, was arrested in Milan, northern Italy, along with two other suspects on 7 July.

The Spanish judge in charge of the investigation, Juan del Olmo, issued an international arrest warrant for Rabei, who has been nicknamed "Mohammed the Egyptian," the day after his arrest.

Fifteen Islamic radicals were also arrested in Belgium as part of an international operation against those linked to the Madrid bombings.
  
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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