Turkey detains, frees Laden spokesman Abu Ghaith No extradition

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 3: The Turkish security forces briefly detained and released after interrogation Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law Suleiman Abu Ghaith in Ankara, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources.

The arrest came following a tip-off from US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The details of the interrogation were not given.

The former spokesman of the terror network reportedly escaped Afghanistan following the Sept 11, 2011 attacks on the World Trade Center and allegedly settled in a camp in Iran.

The US intelligence learned that he entered Turkey on a false passport and informed the Turkish intelligence agency (MIT) about his location.

He was detained at a hotel in Cankaya district of Ankara, Hurryiet Daily News reported, quoting the Daily Milliyet.

The London-based Asharq Al-Awsat quoted a source close to Abu Ghaith’s family as saying he intended to seek political asylum in Turkey. The man is the husband of Fatima Bin Laden. Abu Ghaith is a Kuwaiti national who had his citizenship revoked.

The arrest of Abu Ghaith came a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the US embassy in Ankara killing a Turkish security guard and wounding three other people.

Kuwait’s Minister of Interior was quoted as saying Kuwait has no interest in the man and has not asked for his extradition since his citizenship has been revoked.

The minister also said Kuwait will not pursue the case of the man.

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