Monday, July 18, 2005

Another terror suspect set free

BERLIN, Germany -- Germany's high court has ordered the release of a Syrian-born German man whom Spain wanted extradited in connection with the 2003 Madrid bombings.

The Federal Constitutional Court ruled Monday it would be illegal to extradite Mamoun Darkazanli, a Hamburg-based businessman, because the country's constitution bars Germans from being extradited against their will.

"He must be set free following this verdict, which is a blow for the government in its efforts and fight against terrorism," German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries told The Associated Press.

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An accused criminal who flees to another country for asylum must *agree* to be extradited? What can be said about a law this inane? What accused criminal, when faced with the choice of being set free, or being extradited to stand trial, will choose extradition??

It's entirely possible Germany just opened the welcome wagon to all German-born criminals - most especially those sharing jihadist anti-semitic views. They have only to commit crimes in other countries and return to their homeland and freedom.

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