Germany's foreignminister, battling demands from the opposition that he resign, denied onThursday he had caused an innocent German-born Turk to suffer needlessly foryears at the US Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was testifying forthe second time before a special parliamentary committee set up to investigateGerman cooperation with the
Steinmeier, who as former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's chief of staff atthe time coordinated intelligence matters, rejected media allegations that heand other senior officials had turned down a
The cases of Kurnaz and Khaled el-Masri, a German of Lebanese origin who waskidnapped by the CIA and imprisoned in
Earlier, former Interior Minister Otto Schily said he accepted politicalresponsibility for the handling of Kurnaz but denied that he was a harmlessindividual, as some have said. He cited witness reports that Kurnaz had praisedthe 2001 attacks on the
"It wasn't just hearsay. There were witnesses who said Kurnaz calledthe Sept. 11 attacks 'Allah's will,'" he said. "He may have allowedpeople around him to lead him astray, he was not harmless," Schily said,adding that this in no way justified what Kurnaz says was torture -- illegal in
Both Schily and Steinmeier rejected the notion that
"There was no such offer, neither official nor unofficial,"Steinmeier said.
Kurnaz says he is not and never was a terrorist and insists he has become avictim of character assassination. Schily said the foreign ministry did try tosecure Kurnaz's release but the plan was to have him sent to
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16