URGENT ALERT: Slovakia – Supreme Court Decision for the Extradition Mustapha Labsi to Algeria

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Islamic Human Rights Commission
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20 February 2008

Alert: Slovak Supreme Court Decision for the Extradition Mustapha Labsi to Algeria

1. Summary
2. Action required
3. Sample letters

1. Summary
Although the Algerian government has assured Slovak authorities that Labsi would be allowed a new and fair trial upon his return, the Slovak Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow Labsi to be returned to Algeria undoubtedly places him under serious risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment in light of their long history of human rights violations. Likewise, for Slovakia to extradite a person to a country in which they face significant risk of potential torture would greatly compromise the country’s obligations under international law.

2. Action required
a) Write to the Slovak Ambassador in your country, urging him/her to urge the Slovak Minister of Justice, Stefan Harabin, to stop Mustapha Labsi’s extradition to Algeria and to the risk of being tortured

UK campaigners can write to:

HE Mr Juraj Zervan
Embassy of the Slovak Republic
25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London W8 4QY

3. Sample letters
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A sample letter is given below for your convenience. Please note that model letters can be sent directly or adjusted as necessary to include further details. If you receive a reply to the letter you send, we request you to send a copy of the letter you sent and the reply you received to IHRC. This is extremely important as it helps IHRC to monitor the situation with regards to our campaigns and to improve upon the current model letters.

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Sample letter to the Slovak Ambassador in your country (UK campaigners can use the address supplied)

[Your Name]
[Your Address]

[Date]

HE Mr Juraj Zervan
Embassy of the Slovak Republic
25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London W8 4QY

Dear Mr Juraj Zervan,

Re: Court Decision allowing extradition of Mustapha Labsi

I am very concerned at Slovakia’s recent Supreme Court Decision to allow ‘terror’ suspect and Algerian-native Mustapha Labsi to be extradited to Algeria.

Returning Labsi to Algeria certainly places him under serious risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment in view of their poor human rights record. Also, it would violate Slovakia’s obligations under international law for them to send a person to a country in which they face significant risk of potential torture.

I kindly request you to urge the Slovak Minister of Justice, Stefan Harabin, to stop Mustapha Labsi’s extradition to Algeria and to the risk of being tortured.

I look forward to hearing back from you soon regarding this urgent matter.

Yours sincerely,

[Your Signature]
[Your Name]

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