Berlin hits out at EU criticism over detainee

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25 January 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Berlin officials hit out at allegations concerning the failure of Germany's former Social Democrat-led government to secure the release of a German-born Turk from the US military prison at Guantanamo. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has come under fire over claims that, while he was a top aide to former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, he failed to take an opportunity to obtain the release of Murat Kurnaz. While the German government spokesman insisted th

25 January 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Berlin officials hit out at allegations concerning the failure of Germany's former Social Democrat-led government to secure the release of a German-born Turk from the US military prison at Guantanamo.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has come under fire over claims that, while he was a top aide to former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, he failed to take an opportunity to obtain the release of Murat Kurnaz.

While the German government spokesman insisted that Kurnaz's Turkish citizenship had not played a decisive role in the case, a German Foreign Office spokesman roundly criticized the findings of a European parliamentary committee that Berlin must accept part of the responsibility for Kurnaz's extended detention at Guantanamo.

The committee, which has looked into claims that the CIA had flown terror suspects across Europe, said Tuesday that the former Schroeder-led government had deflected a US offer for the release of Kurnaz in 2002.

But German Foreign Office spokesman told reporters that the committee's conclusions were "far fetched" and based on hearsay.

DPA

Subject: German news

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