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The CIA recently captured Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith while passing from Jordan to Kuwait, soon after leaving Turkey, daily Hürriyet reported today.

The U.S. asked Turkey to extradite Abu Ghaith after his detention in Ankara early February.

Abu Ghaith, the former spokesman of the al-Qaeda terror network, was seized in a luxury hotel in Ankara after a tip-off from CIA. He was held there by police for 33 days, the Hürriyet report said.

However, a Turkish court decided to release Abu Ghaith after 33 days in detention on the grounds that he had not committed any crime in Turkey.

Ankara considered Ghaith a “stateless” person, as he was stripped of his Kuwaiti nationality after appearing in videos defending the 9/11 attacks and threatening further violence.

Turkish police also found no criminal record for Abu Ghaith, who entered the country illegally from Iran; he could therefore be deported to Iran or to another country of his choice. After Iran did not accept him, Turkey decided to send him to Kuwait via Jordan. Abu Ghaith was sent to Jordan on March 1, the same day U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Turkey.

The CIA started the operation while Abu Ghaith was passing from Jordan to Kuwait. He was captured and taken to the U.S.

The United States wanted Abu Ghaith extradited over his alleged connection to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York.

His detention in Turkey after he allegedly entered the country illegally from Iran came in the same week that the U.S. embassy in Ankara was targeted in a suicide bombing claimed by a radical anti-U.S. leftwing group.

He appeared in a propaganda video in the aftermath of 9/11, standing beside bin Laden, who was killed in May 2011 in Pakistan in a covert U.S. operation.

March/07/2013

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Turk Uzan

3/8/2013 2:05:04 AM

I'm pretty sure this was a coordinated effort with the USA, otherwise US officials would have made a huge deal about this.

Bear Klein

3/7/2013 10:33:28 PM

Abu Ghaith help plan 911. Turkey is in NATO. Why then do they act more like a Hamas affiliate. Certainly must be sympathetic to people like Al Quida when they things like this terrorist being freed and not extradited to the USA. That is right they want Patriots Anti Missle Systems from NATO. Good for Turkey, a farce for NATO. Between Erogdan rantings about Zionists and this breach trust, the USA will start thinking what it means to be Turkeys ally.

mara mcglothin

3/7/2013 8:26:54 PM

THESSALONIAN There are many things that aren't seen as punishable crimes in Turkey, but I am sure you are already aware. I mean even smuggling in the SE is not a punishable crime.

mara mcglothin

3/7/2013 5:17:07 PM

yeah THESSALONIAN I guess if Apo had been found in the USA then we could have also said, "We have no beef with this man. He hasn't committed a crime in the USA"????

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

3/7/2013 4:03:27 PM

I found the following reason the most convincing for his release: ..."Turkish police also found no criminal record for Abu Ghaith"...

Thessalonian

3/7/2013 2:52:01 PM

"However, a Turkish court decided to release Abu Ghaith after 33 days in detention on the grounds that he had not committed any crime in Turkey." Does this subsequently imply that entering Turkey with a fake passport is not a crime? Yet Sevil Sevimly gets a five year conviction for having attended a "leftist" concert and for allegedly having spread anti-Turkish propaganda? What kind of justice is this? Good riddance Mr. Ghaith, hope your CIA experience is a memorable one. Regards

R Collins

3/7/2013 2:32:53 PM

Clever of him not to claim to be a journalist -- that would have gotten him 33 years instead of 33 days.
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