Germany ends criminal probe into ex-Guantanamo inmate

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17 October 2006, Bremen, Germany (dpa) - German prosecutors said Tuesday they have dropped a criminal investigation into a German resident held for more than four years in the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. There was insufficient evidence to link Murat Kurnaz to a role in forming a terrorist organization, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office said in the northern city of Bremen where Kurnaz grew up. Kurnaz, who holds Turkish citizenship, was arrested in Pakistan two months after the September 11

17 October 2006

Bremen, Germany (dpa) - German prosecutors said Tuesday they have dropped a criminal investigation into a German resident held for more than four years in the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

There was insufficient evidence to link Murat Kurnaz to a role in forming a terrorist organization, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office said in the northern city of Bremen where Kurnaz grew up.

Kurnaz, who holds Turkish citizenship, was arrested in Pakistan two months after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and handed over to US authorities who took him to Guantanamo in January 2002.

German police began an investigation, but the probe was suspended while Kurnaz was in US custody, only to be reopened after he returned to Germany, following his release from Guantanamo in August 2006.

Kurnaz has claimed that after his arrest in Pakistan he was initially taken to a US military prison in Afghanistan where he was interrogated and beaten up by two men in German military fatigues.

The German Defence Ministry is investigating the claims, but said it had no evidence that any German soldiers had interrogated Kurnaz, who was suspected of supporting Afghanistan's former Taliban rulers.

A German parliamentary committee is currently studying whether German security agencies breached any German rules while assisting post-2001 US anti-terrorism operations.

US authorities never issued an arrest warrant and there was no legal procedure against Kurnaz, according to his lawyer.

During his term in Guantanamo, Kurnaz claims he was repeatedly mistreated, psychologically tortured and kept undernourished.

DPA

Subject: German news

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