UK extraditing Algerian terror suspect to France

22nd June 2006, Comments 0 comments

COTIGNAC, France, June 22, 2006 (AFP) - Britain is in the process of extraditing to France an Algerian national convicted over a failed plot to blow up a busy Christmas market in 2000, French Justice Minister Pascal Clement said Thursday.

COTIGNAC, France, June 22, 2006 (AFP) - Britain is in the process of extraditing to France an Algerian national convicted over a failed plot to blow up a busy Christmas market in 2000, French Justice Minister Pascal Clement said Thursday.

Rabah Kadri, tried in absentia in 2004, was handed a six-year prison sentence over his role in the conspiracy to attack the market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg.

The target of an international arrest warrant issued by a French judge, the Algerian had been detained in Britain since his arrest in 2002 in connection with a reported attempt to attack the London Underground.

He was due to arrive at the military airport of Villacoublay west of Paris on Thursday afternoon, where he was to be brought immediately before a Paris prosecutor to be informed of his conviction.

He will start serving his term immediately if he accepts his conviction, or will be granted a retrial if he contests it, Clement told reporters.

The Strasbourg plot was to have used a timer connected to explosives to wreak havoc at the city's Christmas market, a picturesque stretch of decorated stands that attracts tens of thousands of shoppers each year.

Four member of a group of Islamists based in the German city of Frankfurt, arrested in possession of plans to blow up the market, arms and explosives, were handed jail terms of 10 to 12 years by a German court in 2003.

Kadri was one of 10 people based in France, who were handed prison terms of up to 10 years for providing logistical support to the Frankfurt Islamists.

Clement announced Kadri's extradition during a meeting in the southeastern town of Cotignac.

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Subject: French news

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