Spain may refuse extraditions to Germany

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21 July 2005, MADRID - If Germany persists in its refusal to extradite an al-Qaeda suspect to Spain, Spain may reciprocate by declining to extradite its citizens to Germany, the National Court said Thursday. Germany's Constitutional Court recently ruled against the extradition of Syrian-born Mamoun Darkazanli on the grounds that the European Union extradition law violated the constitutional rights of German citizens. Darkazanli is accused by Spain of being an al-Qaeda key figure who has provided logistical

21 July 2005

MADRID - If Germany persists in its refusal to extradite an al-Qaeda suspect to Spain, Spain may reciprocate by declining to extradite its citizens to Germany, the National Court said Thursday.

Germany's Constitutional Court recently ruled against the extradition of Syrian-born Mamoun Darkazanli on the grounds that the European Union extradition law violated the constitutional rights of German citizens.

Darkazanli is accused by Spain of being an al-Qaeda key figure who has provided logistical and financial support to the network since 1997 in Spain, Germany and Britain.

Germany's highest court's decision was seen as a major blow to European attempts to streamline extradition procedures.

The Spanish judiciary will only take a decision after getting a detailed explanation from Germany, National Court sources added.

DPA

Subject: German news

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