Germany allows return of Guantanamo prisoner

20th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 January 2006, BREMEN, GERMANY - German officials cleared the way Thursday for the return to the country of a German-raised radical if he is released from the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay.

20 January 2006

BREMEN, GERMANY - German officials cleared the way Thursday for the return to the country of a German-raised radical if he is released from the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay.

Friends and relations of Murat Kurnaz, 23, a Turkish national who grew up in the German city of Bremen, have been campaigning for his release, nearly four years after US forces captured him in or near Afghanistan. So far the United States has announced no decision.

Even if he had been released, he could only have travelled to Turkey. Until now, his return to Germany was blocked until May 2007 by the fact that he is on a European list of undesirables. But a German administrative tribunal ruled last November in his favour.

Thomas Roewekamp, interior minister of the state of Bremen, said Thursday that this ruling could stand and would not be appealed.

DPA

Subject: German news

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