Italy to decide suspected militant's extradition this month
Italy said on Wednesday it will rule later this month on the extradition to France of suspected militant Ryad Hannouni, who was arrested near the main train station in Naples over the weekend.
"On October 21 there will be a hearing and a decision on the extradition by the court of appeals in Naples," a spokesman for the justice ministry told AFP.
"If the extradition is granted, the suspect can appeal and then we would have to wait for a ruling from the higher appeals court," he added.
"Collaboration between Italy and France against terrorism is excellent," he said.
Hannouni, who is a French national of Algerian origin, was arrested in Naples on Saturday with a bomb-making manual, officials said.
He was reportedly on his way back from fighting in the tribal areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan, they added.
He was detained on the basis of a European arrest warrant requested by France. Officials said investigators wanted to question him on suspected links to militants coming to Europe from Afghanistan.
French police arrested three men on Tuesday after finding their numbers in Hannouni's mobile phone. Two of the suspects were arrested in Marseille and the third in Bordeaux in southwest France, a police source said.
The arrests came as European and US security officials warned that Al-Qaeda may be planning Mumbai-style attacks with heavily armed gunmen. In the 2008 assault, 10 militants left 166 dead across the Indian city.
© 2010 AFP