Little chance of solving CIA abduction: prosecutor

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13 December 2005, BERLIN - A German prosecutor who is investigating an alleged abduction which is at the centre of an escalating political row in Berlin said Tuesday he sees little chance of proving what happened to Khaled al-Masri, 42.

13 December 2005

BERLIN - A German prosecutor who is investigating an alleged abduction which is at the centre of an escalating political row in Berlin said Tuesday he sees little chance of proving what happened to Khaled al-Masri, 42.

Prosecutor August Stern of Munich said he had requested information to no avail from Macedonia, Albania and the United States. Without their help, he could not solve the case.

Al-Masri, a Lebanese-born German citizen, says he was kidnapped on December 31, 2003 by the CIA in Macedonia, taken to an Afghan jail and accused of being a terrorist. He says he was freed after more than five months in custody.

The case has moved centre-stage in Germany amid wider political controversy over claims that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency may have used torture on terrorism suspects in Europe or moved them via German airports.

The German Bundestag parliament was set to debate the allegations on Wednesday.

Stern also said he had not received any information on the case from government ministries in Berlin. When prosecutors asked Berlin in 2004 for help, they were told officials knew nothing about al-Masri.

The al-Masri claims, together with the CIA flights affair, have embroiled Chancellor Angela Merkel's government in a major controversy less than four weeks after she was sworn in as Germany's first woman leader.

DPA

Subject: German news

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