Ex-Guantanamo prisoner urges German Government to accept detainees

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Murat Kurnaz, ex- Guantanamo inmate and a household name in Germany,  is urging to welcome Younous Chekkouri (currently detained in Guantanamo) in Germany. He made his point in an editorial at one of the biggest German newspapers, Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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Background

Murat Kurnaz has been detained in Guantanamo between 2002 and 2006 after being ‘caught’ in Pakistan where he intended to join an orthodox movement and conduct a pilgrimage. Strikingly, German authorities knew about it and did cooperate with the US . Back then, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, former and current German foreign minister, allegedly, did not enough to free Kurnaz from Guantanamo. Note, back then Kurnaz was Turkish citizen but was born, raised and lived in Germany. However, he…

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