Italy agrees extraditition of Madrid 'mastermind'
2 December 2004, ROME- An Italian court has agreed to the extradition of the alleged 'mastermind' behind Spain's worst terrorist attack.
2 December 2004
ROME- An Italian court has agreed to the extradition of the alleged 'mastermind' behind Spain's worst terrorist attack.
The Court of Cassation agreed to Spain's extradition request for Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, otherwise known as "Mohammed the Egyptian," who was arrested on 8 June in Milan on a Spanish arrest warrant.
Madrid believes he is one of the brains behind the synchronised blasts which killed 191 people aboard commuter trains in the Spanish capital and wants to try him on charges of multiple homicide and possession of explosives.
The attacks were blamed on Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network punishing Spain for its troop presence in Iraq.
Ahmed's case contrasts with that of Syrian-German businessman Mamoun Darkazanli, whose extradition to Spain has been blocked on appeal by Germany's federal constitutional court.
Lawyers for Darkazanli, who was arrested in Germany in mid-October, have argued that Germans may only be deported for trial abroad when the crimes they are accused of are not subject to prosecution at home.
Spain accuses Darkazanli of being bin Laden's "permanent interlocutor and assistant" in Europe and having provided Al-Qaeda with logistical and financial support since 1997.
He could face up to 12 years in prison in Spain if convicted.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news