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The Germans have their own framing. In 2007, it turns out Spain tried to extradite Darkazanli again.

From the AFP, Germany rejects latest Spanish request for Al-Qaeda suspect.

Spain has accused Darkazanli of being Osama bin Laden's "permanent interlocutor and assistant" in Europe and having provided the Al-Qaeda network with logistical and financial support between 1997 and 2002...

After Germany amended its extradition legislation to recognise a new European Union arrest warrant, Spanish authorities tried once again to have him handed over.

Has the new German enactment of the EAW been tested for extradition?

German federal prosecutors have said that Darkazanli was a close associate of Al-Qaeda leaders between 1993 and 1998 and knew the members of the so-called Hamburg terror cell that plotted the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

But they said they found no evidence to support claims that he had aided the attackers or founded a terror cell on German soil.

Belonging to a foreign terrorist organisation such as Al-Qaeda has only been illegal in Germany since 2002.

The case has created tension between Berlin and Madrid.

It seems to me that Spain believes they have a case against Darkazanli and Germany disagrees. Again, I ask how the EU legal system can work when one country blocks another country's attempts to prosecute?

by Magnifico on Thu Dec 3rd, 2009 at 05:10:36 PM EST
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