Berlin says US troops detain German-Afghan in Kabul

26th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Germany said on Wednesday it is keen to obtain access to a German citizen of Afghan origin detained by US forces in Kabul earlier this month.

"The German government is aware of a case of a German citizen currently held in detention by US forces in Afghanistan," a foreign ministry spokesman told AFP. "We are working intensively ... to secure consular access."

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily named the man as 23-year-old Haddin N., a student from Frankfurt, and said he had been seized by US forces at his father's house in Kabul on January 8.

The paper said that he had been detained at Frankfurt airport in October 2009 while about to fly to Pakistan, on suspicion that he was going to a training camp for "jihad" ("holy war") in neighbouring Afghanistan.

But prosecutors dropped their investigation last July and gave him his passport back. In November he flew to Dubai and instead of returning to Frankfurt, flew to Kabul in December, the Sueddeutsche said.

The paper quoted his sister, a lawyer in Germany, as saying that he was merely visiting his father in the Afghan capital.

But German police suspected otherwise and asked for the father's Kabul address -- a few days before his capture, the paper added.

German authorities deny however having passed on any information to the Americans leading to the arrest, the paper said.

© 2011 AFP

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