Germany deports suspected Islamic extremist to Tunisia

2018-05-10 16:03


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German authorities have deported a suspected Islamic State member to Tunisia, days after Germany's highest court rejected his appeal.

Hesse State Interior Minister Peter Beuth says the 37-year-old Tunisian, identified as Haikel S, was handed over to authorities in his homeland on Wednesday.

Beuth said he hoped the deportation would set a precedent and allow Germany to speed up such procedures in the future.

The man was arrested in 2017 on suspicion of being a recruiter and smuggler for ISIS and of planning an attack. Tunisia accused him of involvement in the 2015 attack on a Tunis museum and a 2016 attack on the border town of Ben Guerdane.

Germany is also trying to deport a 42-year-old Tunisian alleged to have once been a bodyguard for al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

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