Germany Detains Former Bin Laden Aide for Deportation

AFGHANISTAN - MAY 26: (JAPAN OUT)(VIDEO CAPTURE) This image taken from a collection of videotapes obtained by CNN shows Osama Bin Laden, the leader of the terrorist group al Qaeda, at a press conference on May 26, 1998 in Afghanistan. The tape showing this image was included in a large …
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BERLIN (AP) — German officials say a former aide to Osama bin Laden has been detained and they plan to deport him to his native Tunisia.

The dpa news agency confirmed a report that Sami A., whose full name wasn’t released due to privacy rules, was detained Monday. The agency quoted a spokesman for Bochum, the western city where A. lives, saying a valid order for his deportation has been issued.

Daily newspaper Bild reported that the 42-year-old was detained when he reported at a police station, as he is required to do daily.

The case of A., who has been described as a former bodyguard to the al-Qaida chief, made headlines earlier this year when it was reported that German authorities couldn’t deport him because a court ruled he might face torture in Tunisia.

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