Tunisian extradited for French embassy attack in Mali

5th January 2012, Comments 0 comments

A Tunisian citizen has been extradited to his home country after being sentenced to death in Mali for a deadly attack against the French embassy in Bamako a year ago, judicial sources said Thursday.

Bachir Simoun, 24, was "discreetly extradited to Tunis last week, after a request from his country," a source in the judiciary told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"The Tunisian left his cell for good last Thursday.... We received all the papers for his extradition from the ministry of justice," said a prison official.

Simoun was sentenced to death by a Malian court in November for "terrorism and jailbreak" after an attack on the French embassy on January 5, 2011.

Armed with a pistol, an explosive device and a grenade, Simoun carried out an attack at the entrance to the embassy and a severely injured Malian citizen later died of his wounds.

He claimed to be acting on behalf of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

After his arrest Simoun escaped from jail but was re-arrested two days later.

Tunisia's government is working towards the adoption of an international civil and political rights protocol to abolish the death penalty.

© 2012 AFP

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