Algeria to receive Harraga corpses from Spain, Italy and France

48 Algerians seeking compensation in Spain for unfair imprisonment

Algeria to receive Harraga corpses from Spain, Italy and France

El Khabar, 22 september 2008

The Ministry of National Solidarity and Nationals has installed a national commission on illegal migration in charge of identifying missing Harragas. The commission is an introduction to new cooperation with north Mediterranean countries in the domain of illegal migration, after they accepted to be delivered DNA tests of unknown Harragas corpses buried on their lands in order to identify them.
The Head of the European Federation of Algerian Associations, Nouredine Belmedah said:” Spanish Authorities have accepted receiving DNA tests while approving Phoenix Programme, which we proposed.” He added: “Spain has established teams made up of forensic doctors, Civil Guard and representatives of our federation to follow up the file.” Belmedah further indicated that both Italy and France are to sign a similar agreement to the one already sealed with Spain, in order to get back missing people who are alleged being buried in the other side of the Mediterranean.
As far as Algerian prisoners suspected of being involved in terror networks in Spain, Belmedahi told El Khabar that among 70 prisoners, 48 have been acquitted, while 18 have been indicted and 9 have been remanded into custody. He assumed that the European Federation of Algerian Associations is working with Spanish Authorities to compensate acquitted people, pointing out that some of them have been forced getting back home for they could not afford remaining in Spain and, eventually, get their compensations. Belmedahi said Spanish security services have not appreciated the Justice decisions.

 

22-09-2008
By A.K/ Translation A.A