Turkey deports bin Laden son-in-law to Jordan

March 07, 2013, Thursday/ 11:20:00/ Bayram Kaya

Turkey has deported Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who was captured in Ankara last month, to Jordan. 

Abu Ghaith was apprehended at a luxury hotel in Ankara in a joint operation carried out by Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Although the US requested that Turkey extradite Abu Ghaith, Ankara moved to deport him to Jordan instead. Ankara would not be able to extradite him to the US, a country that still enforces the death penalty. According to its commitments as a member of the Council of Europe, Turkey cannot extradite the nationals of third countries to nations that permit capital punishment.

As Abu Ghaith is stateless since Kuwait stripped him of his citizenship, Turkey contacted Jordanian authorities and received a positive response to the deportation request.

Bin Laden's son-in-law was delivered to the Jordanian authorities last Friday. There have been reports that the issue of bin Laden's son-in-law has caused some diplomatic friction between Washington and Ankara, but that the matter was resolved after Turkey decided to extradite him to Jordan.

The US 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 happened the same week the US Embassy in Ankara was targeted in a suicide bombing by a radical anti-US left-wing group.

A Turkish court issued a deportation order because Abu Ghaith used a forged passport to enter Turkey from Iran. He was held at an undisclosed location due to security concerns. Under normal circumstances, foreigners in such a situation are held at a detention facility at the police's foreign nationals department.

Turkey sent Abu Ghaith to Jordan because Kuwait and Iran rejected Ankara's request for deportation.

Reports say Jordan agreed to the deportation when Ankara asked Amman if it would allow Abu Ghaith to transit the country en route to Kuwait. As a result, Abu Ghaith was sent to Jordan to help him get to Kuwait, according to sources.


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