World Bulletin / News Desk
Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who was captured in Ankara last week, wants to stay in Turkey, according to a news report.
The Turkish daily Habertürk wrote on Thursday that Abu Ghaith reportedly said to Turkish officials, “If you let me, I would like to live in Turkey because it is a Muslim country.”
It was also argued that in the event he is deported from Turkey, Sudan, Somalia or Jordan would be his alternative choices. Currently, Abu Ghaith is stateless as Kuwait stripped him of his citizenship.
Although the US asked Turkey to extradite Abu Ghaith and a Turkish court had issued a deportation order because he used a forged passport to enter Turkey from Iran, he is being held at an undisclosed location due to security concerns. Under normal circumstances, foreigners in such a situation are held at a detention facility the police department's Foreign National Department.
The report also argued that because there is no international search warrant out for the arrest of Abu Ghaith, Ankara would not be able to extradite him to the US under national and international law.
Abu Ghaith was captured in a joint operation carried out by Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) last week.Last Mod: 07 Şubat 2013, 17:49