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US rebukes Germany for deporting Islamic militant to Turkey

AFP  |  Washington 

The sharply rebuked on Thursday for deporting a wanted Islamic militant to instead of extraditing him to to stand trial on terror-related charges.

Adem Yilmaz, a Turkish citizen, has been charged by a federal grand jury with conspiring to carry out a 2008 suicide bombing in Afghanistan, which left two soldiers dead and 11 others injured.

Yilmaz, also known as Ebu Talha, was deported to recently after serving 11 years in a German prison for his role in planning large-scale attacks in

The had demanded that Yilmaz be handed over to face the charges against him brought in

Acting General said he was "gravely disappointed" by Germany's decision to deport Yilmaz to rather than extradite him to the

"The deliberately helped Yilmaz escape justice by placing him on a plane to Turkey," Whitaker said in a sharply-worded statement.

"The has refused to take any responsibility for failing to extradite him to the United States, has flouted their treaty obligations and has undermined the rule of law," the acting general said.

reported that US complained about the move during a "tense meeting" at the State Department on Wednesday with German and Germany's to the United States,

A German foreign ministry source said the deportation of Yilmaz to Turkey was a "decision of the independent justice system" and was made "in compliance with the standards of the rule of law."

Relations between and the United States have been strained since became

A seven-count indictment seeking Yilmaz's arrest was issued several years ago by the US for the Southern District of

Yilmaz, a member of a group called the Islamic Jihad Union, was accused of carrying out attacks on US troops on the Pakistan-border in 2006.

Yilmaz also was alleged to have had contacts with the man who carried out the March 3, 2008 suicide bombing in that killed two US soldiers.

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 23:20 IST
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