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US-German Tensions Intensify Over Terrorist Suspect

WASHINGTON – Tensions in relations between Washington and Berlin are intensifying again as Trump administration officials blame Germany for deporting a terrorist to Turkey instead of extraditing him to the United States, “CNN” reported.
The dispute over Adem Yilmaz, a German-Turkish citizen, led to a tense meeting Wednesday at the State Department, where Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan called German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Ambassador Emily Haber in the United States, sharing US concerns about the decision to send Yilmaz to Turkey after the sentencing to eleven years in prison were over.
US officials said they were taken “completely by surprise” and expressed frustration at the expulsion of Yilmaz. They fear that the Germans will not be the guardians of the extradition treaty between the two countries and fear that this will affect the chances of the United States to extradite two Iranians currently held in German prisons.
German diplomats said they wanted a different result, but prolonged delays on the US side resulted in the transfer of Yilmaz to Turkey. They say that Washington has never provided the necessary assurances to comply with the German legal restrictions and indicate the separation of powers of their country.
“We exchanged our points of view,” said a German official, referring to the meeting between Sullivan, Maas and Haber. “We explained that the federal government could not influence a court decision. At the end, a security decision had to be made, most likely, the court would have released the person yesterday because the United States had not provided him with the documents requested about nine months ago. ”
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said the United States was “seriously disappointed by Germany’s decision” not to extradite Yilmaz for his “complicity in the killing of two US servicemen.” He accused the German authorities of “ignoring our pending request for judicial review or review of a recent German court decision to amend the terms of our extradition treaty with Germany”.
Whitaker continued in unusually harsh terms, claiming that Germany “refused to assume any responsibility for not extraditing him to the United States, violated their treaty obligations and violated Right wing state”.
German officials, speaking to CNN, rejected US accusations. “We do not like the result either, but it’s up to the court to decide,” said a second German official. “It’s very unfortunate, it’s not the choice we would have made, but we must respect the law.”
As the tension rises, both parties seem to talk to each other. A US official said it was “false” that the Ministry of Justice did not respond to German inquiries about the extradition request, citing three letters from the DOJ to the German judicial authorities. The second German official said that the United States’ replies did not respond to the German court’s demands: “The court asked the United States for information that, apparently, the United States has not given”, said the manager.
The first German official said: “It’s not like nobody in Germany wants to speak against the United States.”
(Sahar News/Monitoring Desk)

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