German student held on terror charges in Afghanistan

German student held on terror charges in Afghanistan
Recent file picture of US and Afghan troops in Kabul. Photo: DPA
A German student is being held in the US Bagram air base prison in Afghanistan on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks, according to a Wednesday media report.

Daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that Haddid N., a 23-year-old German national of Afghan origin from Frankfurt, was arrested early this month in the Afghan capital Kabul and moved to Bagram air base prison north of the capital.

Germany’s Foreign Ministry confirmed it was aware of the case and said it was working with US officials to get access to the young man.

Haddid N. was arrested on January 8 at his father’s house in Kabul and was being held on suspicion of terrorism, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. However his family in Frankfurt said they had not been told of the reasons for his arrest. They insisted he had only been in Kabul to visit his father.

Indeed Haddid N.’s family accused German security forces of carrying responsibility for the young man’s arrest by passing on unsubstantiated information about alleged criminal intentions to officials in Afghanistan.

But the Federal Criminal Police (BKA) in Wiesbaden said they had not passed any information to foreign officials that might have led to the man’s arrest.

The Frankfurt state prosecutor launched an investigation against Haddid N. in July 2010 based on suspicions he planned to train at a militant camp in Pakistan, the paper reported.

DAPD/The Local/djw

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