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Arab rights group says director detained in France

Arab rights group says director detained in France

A Swiss-based group that campaigns for human rights in Arab countries said Tuesday that one of its top officials has been detained in France on decades-old Algerian terror charges.
Mourad Dhina, an Algerian-born physicist and the executive director of Alkarama, was held at Paris-Orly airport as he was traveling home Monday from a meeting of Algerian opposition figures.
A spokesman for Geneva-based Alkarama, which means dignity in Arabic, said Dhina appeared before a French magistrate Tuesday to hear Algeria's extradition request. He was then returned to custody.
"For us it's obviously a very difficult situation," said Michael Romig.
Romig said the terrorism charges against Dhina in Algeria stem from his long-standing opposition to its government. The MIT-trained physicist, who has lived in Switzerland for 25 years, was alleged in U.S. court papers in 1999 to be an international arms dealer _ something he strongly denied at the time.
Romid said extraditing Dhina to Algeria could lead to him being mistreated or even tortured.
Officials at Algeria's embassy in the Swiss capital Bern declined to comment on the case.


Updated : 2021-10-28 17:32 GMT+08:00