Al-Qaeda suspect's extradition overturned

25th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

25 November 2004, BERLIN- Germany's highest court overturned an extradition order against a suspected senior Al-Qaeda member, Mamoun Darkazanli, which would have seen him sent to Spain for trial.

25 November 2004

BERLIN- Germany's highest court overturned an extradition order against a suspected senior Al-Qaeda member, Mamoun Darkazanli, which would have seen him sent to Spain for trial.

The constitutional court accepted a last-minute appeal by Darkazanli's lawyers after a lower court in Hamburg, northern Germany had ruled earlier that he could be handed over to Spain.

The 46-year-old German-Syrian national was arrested in northern Germany in mid-October and is accused of having provided the Al-Qaeda terror network with logistical and financial support in Britain, Germany and Spain since 1997.

He is also alleged to have had ties to the three Hamburg-based men who helped to hijack passenger planes for Al-Qaeda on 11 September, 2001 and flew them into the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

He was questioned briefly in Germany and released after the attacks.

But Spanish anti-terrorist magistrate Baltasar Garzon indicted him in September last year along with some three dozen other suspects for their alleged connections to Al-Qaeda, and has requested his extradition under a new Europe-wide arrest warrant.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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