Berlin- A Tunisian man who allegedly served as a bodyguard to Osama bin Laden was detained in Germany on Monday and is to be deported, officials said.
The man is a 41-year-old, is identified as Sami A., and has lived in Germany for about two decades, but outrage over his presence has grown in recent months as the mood of asylum seekers has become negative with a growing anti-migration policy in the European Union.
Sami A. in the past successfully argued against his deportation, he said he risked being tortured in his homeland.
However the German authorities have changed their decision, as the Federal Office for Migration reversed that decision on Monday, after public outcry over the case and an intervention from Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.
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A spokesperson for Bochum city hall in western Germany did confirm too AFP that Sami A. was being held his pending deportation.
The Tunisian arrived in Germany in 1997, under his asylum status he had to report for his daily visit to a Bochum police station and was then taken into custody.
Sami A has been considered a security threat over his suspected ties to Islamist groups and has for a long time had to report to police but was never charged with an offence.
However he has denied to being the former bodyguard of late Al-Qaeda leader Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
In court Muenster Germany they believed him, as Judges in 2015 terror case. Sami A has a history where he underwent military training at an Al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan in 1999 and 2000 and was in Bin Laden’s team of guards.
German authorities first rejected Sami A.’s asylum request in 2007 but prosecutors’ efforts to deport him were repeatedly stopped by courts citing the danger of torture in Tunisia.
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