Germany to extradite al-Qaeda suspect to Spain

24th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

25 November 2004 , HAMBURG - A court in Germany has paved the way for a Syrian national to be extradited to Spain, where he is accused of being a major al-Qaeda terrorist. Hamburg State Superior Court upheld an extradition order against Mamoun Darkazanli, who was arrested at his home in Hamburg last month on a European arrest warrant. The court rejected Darkazanli's argument that extradition proceedings ought to be suspended pending a ruling by Germany's high court on whether a European arrest warrant is c

25 November 2004

HAMBURG - A court in Germany has paved the way for a Syrian national to be extradited to Spain, where he is accused of being a major al-Qaeda terrorist.

Hamburg State Superior Court upheld an extradition order against Mamoun Darkazanli, who was arrested at his home in Hamburg last month on a European arrest warrant.

The court rejected Darkazanli's argument that extradition proceedings ought to be suspended pending a ruling by Germany's high court on whether a European arrest warrant is constitutional in Germany.

The 46-year-old suspect faces charges of membership in al-Qaeda and giving the group logistical and financial support. He could be sentenced to up to a dozen years in prison.

He is pictured in a 1999 wedding video with two of the three 11 September suicide pilots who lived and studied in Hamburg, Marwan al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah.

Darkazanli is among 41 suspects, including bin Laden himself, indicted by Baltasar Garzon, a Spanish judge investigating al-Qaeda.

DPA

Subject: German news

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