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Disregard by Slovakia of binding interim measures ordered by the Strasbourg Court ‘unacceptable’

Strasbourg, 29.04.2010 – The Chairpersons of two committees of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have expressed their shock and concern at the decision taken by the Slovak authorities to extradite Mustapha Labsi to Algeria on 19 April 2010, ignoring a binding interim measure ordered by the European Court of Human Rights that this applicant should not be extradited to Algeria.

“It is disgraceful to have extradited Mustapha Labsi to Algeria; this is a case in which there exists an imminent risk of irreparable damage to the applicant,” said Christos Pourgourides (Cyprus, EPP/CD), Chair of PACE’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, and John Greenway (United Kingdom, EDG), Chair of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population.
“Such action directly undermines the authority of the Strasbourg Court at a time when all member states have just reiterated their attachment to the Court. This is an unacceptable disregard of European Convention on Human Rights requirements," they added.