July 19, 2005

FOR LACK OF A GITMO AN AL QAEDA WAS LOST:

Suspect linked to Al Qaeda goes free (Richard Bernstein, JULY 19, 2005, The New York Times)

In a ruling seen as a sharp blow to coordinated counterterrorism efforts in Europe, Germany's highest court refused Monday to turn over an Al Qaeda suspect to Spain, arguing that a recent Europe-wide agreement to streamline extradition procedures across Europe violated the rights of German citizens.

The case involved Mamoun Darkazanli, a 46-year-old German of Syrian origin suspected in Spain and by many independent experts on terrorism of having provided logistical and financial support to Al Qaeda.

Darkazanli, who runs a trading company in Germany, is pictured on a videotape at a wedding in Hamburg in 1999 also attended by two of the pilot-hijackers in the attacks in New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001.

A Spanish judge, Baltazar Garzón, using the new European procedure, issued a European arrest warrant against Darkazanli last year, naming him the "permanent interlocutor and assistant" in Europe for Osama bin Laden.

But the German Constitutional Court on Monday declared the law creating the warrant to be void, even though the law was ratified by the German Parliament in November.

Send the guys who did Abu Omar to get him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 19, 2005 8:03 AM
Comments

This is no surprise. German courts have always been rather lenient when it comes to mass murderers.

Posted by: bart at July 19, 2005 12:43 PM
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