Spain to stop rapid EU extraditions to Germany
21 September 2005, MADRID - Spain's National Court decided Wednesday not to apply the European Union extradition law to Germany, announcing that it would only extradite suspects to Germany under a lengthier international procedure.
21 September 2005
MADRID - Spain's National Court decided Wednesday not to apply the European Union extradition law to Germany, announcing that it would only extradite suspects to Germany under a lengthier international procedure.
The announcement followed a decision by the German Constitutional Court in July not to hand over Syrian-born al-Qaeda suspect Mamoun Darkazanli to Spain on the grounds that the E.U. extradition law violated the constitutional right of German citizens not to be extradited against their will.
"Germany has remained outside the cooperation system," the National Court said.
Spain accuses Darkazanli of having provided logistical support to a Spanish al-Qaeda cell which participated in the preparation of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
Suspected cell leader Imad Eddin Yarakat Barkas and 23 other alleged Islamists are on trial in Spain, with the sentence expected on Monday.
Spain will no longer extradite its citizens to Germany. Other suspects can only be extradited under an international procedure which can last up to two years.
Spanish prisons currently hold about 50 people whose extradition has been sought by Germany. They include a suspected member of the Irish Republican Army wanted for an attack against a British military barracks in Germany which caused no injuries in 1989.
Subject: German news