Second Spaniard extradited from Guantanamo
19 July 2005, MADRID — The United States extradited to Spain a Moroccan who was held at the US detention camp in Guantanamo to face charges of being part of an Al Qaeda cell in Spain.
19 July 2005
MADRID — The United States extradited to Spain a Moroccan who was held at the US detention camp in Guantanamo to face charges of being part of an Al Qaeda cell in Spain.
Lahcen Ikassrien, also known as Chej Hasan, was flown from the US base in Cuba to Madrid, where he was to be handed over to Spanish judicial authorities.
He is charged with belonging to a terrorist organization.
He has been linked to Hamed Abderrahman, a Spanish citizen from Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta, another former Guantanamo inmate who was sent back to Spain.
Abderrahman was released on bail after his return to the Iberian nation.
According to the indictment, Spanish authorities have confirmed a relationship between Lahcen Ikassrien and Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, alleged head of the Al Qaeda cell in Spain.
The trial of 24 men accused of constituting an Al Qaeda cell in Spain concluded in Madrid on 5 July, and a verdict is due later this year.
Eight of the defendants, including Yarkas, invoked their right to make a statement to tell the judges that they have no connection to terrorism.
The Syrian-born Barakat claimed the existence of the alleged cell was "an invention".
He is one of three defendants in the Madrid trial accused of having aided the group that mounted the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States, which left some 3,000 dead.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news