US hands over detained German-Afghan

29th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

A German citizen of Afghan origin detained by US forces in Kabul earlier this month has been handed over to German control, the foreign ministry said Saturday.

The 23-year-old student named by the press as Haddid N. was released into German hands after Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle raised his case with his US opposite number Hillary Clinton.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily said earlier this week that the student from Frankfurt had been seized by US forces at his father's house in Kabul on January 8 and held at the Bagram air base in eastern Afghanistan.

The paper said that he had been detained at Frankfurt airport in October 2009 while about to fly to Pakistan, on suspicion that he was going to a training camp for Islamic militants in neighbouring Afghanistan.

But prosecutors dropped their investigation last July and gave him his passport back. In November he flew to Dubai and instead of returning to Frankfurt, flew to Kabul in December, the report said said.

The paper quoted his sister, a lawyer in Germany, as saying that he was merely visiting his father, a businessman, in the Afghan capital.

But German police suspected otherwise and asked for the father's Kabul address -- a few days before his capture, the paper added.

German authorities deny however having passed on any information to the Americans leading to the arrest, the paper said.

The foreign ministry said Saturday it was glad that a solution had been found and that Westerwelle thanked Clinton for her aid. Its embassy in Berlin was ready to aid the student to return to Germany as soon as possible, it said.

© 2011 AFP

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