German terrorism suspect freed in Pakistan

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23 August 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Pakistan authorities have released a 45-year-old German of Pakistani descent who was detained for two months on suspicion of terrorism, the German Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. The man, from Germersheim in the western state of Rhineland- Palatinate, was freed Tuesday on the orders of Pakistan's top court, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said. The man was arrested at Lahore airport on June 18. Pakistan intelligence services accused him of having contacts with the al Qaeda te

23 August 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Pakistan authorities have released a 45-year-old German of Pakistani descent who was detained for two months on suspicion of terrorism, the German Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

The man, from Germersheim in the western state of Rhineland- Palatinate, was freed Tuesday on the orders of Pakistan's top court, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

The man was arrested at Lahore airport on June 18. Pakistan intelligence services accused him of having contacts with the al Qaeda terrorist network.

"The Pakistan authorities had no choice but to release me because I am innocent," he told the internet service of the German news magazine Der Spiegel.

Another German citizen held for two months in Pakistan on suspicion of terrorism was deported to Germany last week and arrested on his arrival at Frankfurt airport.

The 29-year-old man from the city of Ulm in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg was detained in Pakistan on June 10.

The state prosecutors office in Munich linked the unnamed man to Islamic fundamentalists in the region around Ulm and said incriminating videos had been found in his possession.

He is alleged to have recruited German citizens to join a holy war - or jihad - against the West.

DPA

Subject: German news

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