The Irish Times

Irish citizen arrested in Spain


An Algerian-born Irish citizen, who is wanted by US authoritie­s on internatio­nal terrorism charges, has been arrested in Spain.

Ali Charaf Damache (50) is wanted in the US to face charges relating to a conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists and attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of internatio­nal terrorism.

Damache, with a last address at High Street, Waterford, had initially pleaded not guilty at Waterford Circuit Criminal Court to making a menacing phone call to US Muslim activist Majed Moughni in January 2010. He changed his plea to guilty during the trial.

He was subsequent­ly sentenced to four years’ imprisonme­nt with the final year suspended. He was then arrested on foot of a High Court warrant, but following lengthy extraditio­n proceeding­s, the court refused last May to order his surrender to US authoritie­s.

‘Degrading treatment’

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly said there were grounds for believing Damache “will be at real risk of being subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment if extradited to the USA”.

The Attorney General appealed the decision and the appeal was listed for mention in the Court of Appeal yesterday. However, counsel for Damache, Mark Lynam, said his client had been arrested in Barcelona on foot of an “internatio­nal alert” and was due in court in Madrid.

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