Legal row with Germany may free prisoners
21 September 2005, MADRID — A legal wrangle with Germany over its refusal to hand over an alleged terrorist wanted over the 9/11 attacks to Madrid, could lead to the release of scores of potential criminals.
21 September 2005
MADRID — A legal wrangle with Germany over its refusal to hand over an alleged terrorist wanted over the 9/11 attacks to Madrid, could lead to the release of scores of potential criminals.
The Spanish High Court has decided annul all European arrest warrants issued by Germany, the Spanish daily El Pais reported.
It follows the refusal in July of the German Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe to hand over Mamoun Darkanzanli, a Syrian-born German businessman, wanted by Madrid in connection with the 9/11 atrocities.
Darkanzanli was spared being sent to Spain because the German court said the European arrest warrants, introduced between several European countries last year, had not taken into account the right of the German constitution to protect its nationals from persecution abroad.
Darkansanli is alleged by Spain to be part of the plot to carry out the 9/11 attacks. In a video dated 1999, he appears with three of the hijackers.
He was released and Germany told Spain was left to apply for his extradition, a process which can take years.
Spain's decision to reply by doing the same, means Germany will have to apply for extradition for about 50 suspects currently held in Spain.
At present they can only be held for up to 40 days otherwise they must be released.
None of those in custody at present are suspected terrorists or murderers, but instead are accused of fraud, robbery, theft and other lesser offences..
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news