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UPDATED: 10:08, September 23, 2005
Serbia-Montenegro ready to extradite Madrid bombings suspect
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Serbia- Montenegro is ready to extradite a key suspect wanted by Spain in connection with last year's Madrid train bombings, officials said on Thursday.

Abdelmajid Bouchar, a 22-year-old Moroccan, was detained in June at Belgrade's main train station for a breach of immigration law. Belgrade officials confirmed his identity in mid-August after checks with Interpol.

Since receiving Spain's extradition request earlier this month, Serbia-Montenegro authorities have completed the extradition procedures and will transfer the suspect to Spain shortly, a government official said on condition of anonymity.

The Moroccan's appeal against his extradition was denied by Serbia's Supreme Court, according to court officials.

Interpol officers in Madrid and Belgrade were expected to coordinate the extradition, but the extradition date would not be made public for security concerns, said the official. He added that a statement will be issued only after the suspect arrives in Spain.

Bouchar had been wanted on an international arrest warrant for more than a year on suspicion of involvement in the March 11, 2004 Madrid train bombings by Islamic militants that killed 191 people.

Source: Xinhua

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