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Suspected Bin Laden associate to be extradited

Bensakhria is led into court in Alicante, Spain, Saturday
Bensakhria appeared in court in Alicante, Spain, on Saturday  


MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Spain's National Court has approved the extradition to France of a suspected Islamic guerrilla who Spanish authorities say is an aide to the exiled Saudi militant Osama bin Laden.

The suspect, Algerian national Mohamed Bensakhria, 34, was detained last Friday in the southeastern Spanish city of Alicante.

France seeks his arrest on various terrorism-related activities, and Madrid court officials said the extradition could occur this week.

National Court Judge Ismael Moreno, in the writ ordering the extradition, said that Bensakhria had agreed to it.

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The French warrant seeks Bensakhria for alleged involvement in plots against various targets in France, which Spanish officials have described as the European Parliament building in Strasbourg and also the cathedral in Strasbourg.

A French police spokeswoman at the Ministry of Interior confirms Paris did issue an arrest warrant for Mohammed Bensakhria but would not confirm the motive. Authorities said: "... he is a man who is wanted in many countries."

Spain's interior ministry said that evidence of these planned attacks was found last December in Germany, when police there partially dismantled an alleged Islamic commando group. Bensakhria escaped arrest at that time.

He has reportedly lived since then in Strasbourg and most recently in Alicante, where he passed himself off as a poor North African immigrant seeking work.

CNN's Al Goodman and Peter Humi contributed to this report





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