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Al-Jazeera star detained after questioning by Spain's anti-terror judge

Top Spanish anti-terrorist judge Balthasar Garzon grilled a reporter from the Qatar-based al-Jazeera television station over suspected ties to al-Qaeda, judicial sources said. Garzon spent three hours questioning 56-year-old Tayssir Alluni, after which the public prosecutor’s office asked for a further three days to examine the case, which drew sharp protests from the satellite broadcaster. By Thursday he will have been in detention for the maximum six days allowed under Spanish law in terrorism cases, forcing Garzon either to bring formal charges or free him. Alluni was arrested last Friday at his home in the southern Spanish province of Granada, after Garzon ordered him detained as part of a larger investigation into Islamic militant operations, including Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network. Judicial sources said there were what they termed “indications of collaboration with a terrorist group, based on a superficial analysis by the police.” Full Story

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