Ex-bin Laden aide or­dered re­turned

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

BER­LIN — A court in Ger­many or­dered au­thor­i­ties to re­turn a for­mer aide to Osama bin Laden, hours af­ter he was de­ported to his na­tive Tu­nisia on Fri­day. Sami A., whose last name wasn’t given due to pri­vacy laws, was flown to Tu­nis on a char­ter air­craft and handed over to Tu­nisian au­thor­i­ties, de­spite a court rul­ing block­ing the move. The ad­min­is­tra­tive court in the west­ern city of Gelsenkirchen had ruled Thurs­day that the man should re­main in Ger­many un­til the gov­ern­ment re­ceives guar­an­tees he won’t face tor­ture in his home­land. But the fax in­form­ing au­thor­i­ties about the court’s de­ci­sion was sent af­ter the man had al­ready landed in Tu­nisia. The Gelsenkirchen court then told au­thor­i­ties to re­verse the de­por­ta­tion at Ger­many’s ex­pense, say­ing it had been “il­le­gal and breached fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples of rule of law.”

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