Supreme court 'bomb plotter' to be extradited
13 April 2005, GENEVA - Switzerland's supreme court has ruled a suspected Islamic extremist wanted for allegedly leading a plot to bomb Spain's supreme court can be extradited.
13 April 2005
GENEVA - Switzerland's supreme court has ruled a suspected Islamic extremist wanted for allegedly leading a plot to bomb Spain's supreme court can be extradited.
The Federal Tribunal rejected an appeal by the suspect, Mohamed Achraf, who was arrested in Switzerland last October when Spanish authorities alleged he was plotting an attack on Spain's highest criminal court.
Spanish authorities believe the suspect, who is Algerian, was a member of a terror group.
Spain and Switzerland must now agree on a date for his transfer but it is expected to take place within 30 days, officials said.
The Swiss government decided in January to accept the extradition request, but Achraf's lawyers had appealed to the court, arguing that he might be tortured in Spain.
The Federal Tribunal ruled that Spain had ratified international conventions against torture and rejected claims that abuse was systematic in the country's jails.
It also found that the charges levelled against Achraf by Spanish authorities did warrant legal action in Switzerland, a key condition for extradition.
Achraf was detained in September 2004 in Zurich on unrelated immigration charges after going underground about a year earlier following a failed asylum bid, according to Swiss authorities.
He was known to have been using several different identities, according to police sources.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news