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Tunisia: Osama bin Laden's Bodyguard Released

Tunisia: Osama bin Laden's Bodyguard Released

Saturday, 28 July, 2018 - 06:45
Sami Aidoudi. Asharq Al-Awsat
Tunis - Asharq Al-Awsat

Tunisia has released a man two weeks after he was deported from Germany on suspicion of being an extremist who once served as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard, a judiciary official said on Friday.


Tunis authorities had decided there was not enough evidence to keep holding Sami Aidoudi, but investigations would continue, said Sofian Sliti, spokesman of Tunisia's anti-terrorist judiciary body.


"Aidoudi appeared today before a magistrate... who decided on his provisional release as no charge has been filed against him," Sliti said.


“After 15 days of preventative detention, Sami Aidoudi has been investigated by the anti-terrorist branch who have found no proof of his implication in terrorist affairs", he added.


The suspect had been taken into custody in Tunisia on July 13, upon his arrival in the country after being expelled by Germany.


His expulsion from Germany was overturned by a court ruling the same day, but the order was made only after his plane was already airborne.


Before his deportation to Tunisia, Aidoudi had lived in Germany for more than two decades, staying in the country despite his asylum request being denied in 2007.


Described as a former bodyguard to the al-Qaeda chief, he was taken into custody in Germany in June and deemed a dangerous extremist.


But Aidoudi has always denied being the former bodyguard of Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on the United States.


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