Slovakia deports alleged terrorist to Algeria

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Slovakia deported an Algerian convicted in France and Britain for alleged links to Islamic terrorist networks to his homeland, Interior Minister Robert Kalinak said Thursday.

Mustapha Labsi is subject to an international arrest warrant from Algerian authorities, where he has was given a life sentence in absentia for cooperation with terrorist groups. He was detained in Slovakia in May 2007.

"The deportation of Mustapha Labsi is a victory of common sense and a guarantee of security of our citizens," Kalinak told a press conference.

Slovakia deported Labsi to Algeria earlier this week under a guarantee he would not be tortured or executed, Kalinak added.

Labsi applied for asylum in Slovakia several times but the Supreme Court rejected his request. Its ruling came into force on April 16.

In 2006 Labsi was sentenced in France to six years in prison after being linked to an attempted attack on an international summit in the city of Lille in 1996.

He was however deemed to have served out his sentence while awaiting extradition from Britain.

In Britain he was found guilty of supplying false documents to the network of Ahmed Ressam, an Al-Qaeda member convicted in the United States for preparing a bomb attack on Los Angeles airport in 1999.

Labsi has also been accused of involvement with an international Islamist network with links in Belgium, Britain, Canada and Turkey.

© 2010 AFP

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