Guantanamo inmate 'going home' to Germany

24th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 August 2006, BREMEN, GERMANY - An inmate of the US prison camp at Guantanamo was reported to be on his way home Thursday to Germany, where he was brought up, Radio Bremen television reported. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Berlin that lengthy negotiations with the United States for the release of Murat Kurnaz, aged about 24, had been "successfully completed." Kurnaz is a Turkish national who had spent his life in the city of Bremen before heading off to Afghanistan at age 19, ap

24 August 2006

BREMEN, GERMANY - An inmate of the US prison camp at Guantanamo was reported to be on his way home Thursday to Germany, where he was brought up, Radio Bremen television reported.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Berlin that lengthy negotiations with the United States for the release of Murat Kurnaz, aged about 24, had been "successfully completed."

Kurnaz is a Turkish national who had spent his life in the city of Bremen before heading off to Afghanistan at age 19, apparently to join the Taliban. There are no Germans in the prison camp.

Kurnaz was caught while travelling through Pakistan in November 2001 and handed over to US forces. He spent four-and-a-half years at Guantanamo on the Cuban coast. Germany is not expected to indict him.

The TV station said he was expected to arrive on German soil Thursday evening, landing at the Ramstein US air-force base. Neither Steinmeier nor Kurnaz's lawyer, Bernhard Docke, confirmed that.

Docke said Kurnaz wanted to be reunited with his family in privacy, without TV cameras, and would not be giving any immediate interviews.

DPA

Subject: German news

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