A convicted terrorist wanted in France remanded in custody – .

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A convicted terrorist wanted in France remanded in custody – .


A wanted man in France where he was convicted of a terrorism offense told the Irish High Court today: “I don’t know why they want me. ”

bderrahmane Yahiaoui, in his 50s and also known as Youcef Madani, appeared by video link before the High Court.

Alva Duffy BL for the Minister of Justice said that the French authorities had issued a warrant against Mr. Yahiaoui on September 17, 2019.

She said he was wanted in France to serve a six-year sentence after being convicted of participating in a criminal organization or terrorism in 2001.

The offense dates back to 1996 or 1997.

French authorities have also said that Mr Yahiaoui, who was convicted in absentia, will be entitled to a new trial or to appeal his conviction, Ms Duffy said.

Judge Paul Burns told Mr. Yahiaoui that he had the right to surrender voluntarily to the French authorities or that he could challenge his extradition.

Mr. Yahiaoui replied, “I don’t know why they want me. “

Judge Burns remanded Yahiaoui on remand and set a hearing date for October 11.

Mr. Yahiaoui will ask for his release on bail on Wednesday, September 29.

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