France sets trial date for Algerian bomb suspect

7th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 7 (AFP) - An Algerian extradited to France last week over deadly 1995 bombings on the Paris metro is to face trial in February on charges of association with terrorism, judicial officials said on Wednesday.

PARIS, Dec 7 (AFP) - An Algerian extradited to France last week over deadly 1995 bombings on the Paris metro is to face trial in February on charges of association with terrorism, judicial officials said on Wednesday.

Rachid Ramda, 35, last month lost a British court legal challenge against his removal to France, having fought off several extradition requests since his arrest in London 10 years ago. He was finally extradited last Thursday.

 He will be tried before a Paris court from February 27 to March 22 for "criminal conspiracy in relation with a terrorist enterprise", officials said.

Ramda is suspected of having financed, with others, a series of attacks on the Paris metro network in 1995, including one at the Saint-Michel station which left eight people dead and 150 injured.

Held in quasi-isolation at the high-security prison at Belmarsh near London, Ramda was the longest-serving detainee awaiting extradition from Britain.

Ramda is alleged to be a leader of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA), a militant group that has been fighting the Algerian government since 1992.

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Subject: French news

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