German in rendition case arrested for arson

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18 May 2007, Munich (dpa) - A Lebanese-born German who was mistakenly suspected to terrorism and abducted to Afghanistan three years ago was arrested Thursday on suspicion of arson, police said. Khaled al-Masri was taken into custody after a fire caused major damage to a wholesale market in the town of Neu-Ulm during the night, a police spokesman said. A judge ordered that he be held in the psychiatric ward of a local hospital pending investigations into the blaze, which caused 500,000 euros (675,000 dolla

18 May 2007

Munich (dpa) - A Lebanese-born German who was mistakenly suspected to terrorism and abducted to Afghanistan three years ago was arrested Thursday on suspicion of arson, police said.

Khaled al-Masri was taken into custody after a fire caused major damage to a wholesale market in the town of Neu-Ulm during the night, a police spokesman said.

A judge ordered that he be held in the psychiatric ward of a local hospital pending investigations into the blaze, which caused 500,000 euros (675,000 dollars).

Masri was seized by US Central Intelligence Agency operatives in Macedonia in 2004 and flown to Afghanistan where he claims he was secretly detained for five months then dumped by his captors in Albania.

German prosecutors are seeking to bring 13 CIA workers in the US to justice for the abduction. Interpol issued warrants for 10 of the agents, accusing them of abduction and causing serious bodily harm.

Masri's lawyers said he was an innocent victim of the CIA practice of the "extraordinary rendition" of terrorism suspects that has caused intense controversy in several European countries.

DPA

Subject: German news

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