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MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s government formally approved on Friday the extradition of Hassan el Haski, who was convicted for his part in a 2004 train bombing, to face charges in his native Morocco.

Haski was sentenced to 15 years as a leader of an armed group following the bombing of four commuter trains in or near Madrid on March 11, 2004, in which 191 people died and another 1,800 were injured.

The Supreme Court later reduced the sentence by one year.

Haski was transferred to Morocco on October 10, but without the formal extradition he would have to have returned to Spain after proceedings against him in the North African country were concluded. Spanish officials did not say what charges Haski faced in Morocco.

Under the terms of an extradition treaty, Haski may now stay in Morocco to complete his sentence for the Madrid bombing.

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