If I were in a place of political leadership, I would be angry that a man responsible for killing members of the U.S. military won’t be released to us for prosecution.
Germany is holding Adem Yilmaz, a Turkish man, who allegedly committed terrorism against U.S. military soldiers. How would you feel if you had been trying to retrieve a dangerous asset like Yilmaz and the country you were dealing with kept denying you that privilege?
Then you learn that same country deports the individual you so covet, back to his home country?
According to reports, Yilmaz and three others stockpiled what they thought was highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide, purchased from a chemical supplier, and planned to mix it with other substances to make explosives equivalent to 1,200 pounds of dynamite. They did this in the name of the radical Islamic Jihad Union. They were caught when officials investigating the attempt had replaced the hydrogen peroxide with a diluted substitute rendering the entire operation a failure.
Adem Yilmaz, who was indicted under seal in the U.S. in 2015 on charges of participating nearly 10 years earlier in attacks on U.S. military forces along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, was convicted of membership in a terrorist organization in Germany in 2010.
To extradite him to face trial in the U.S. on terrorism charges would constitute double jeopardy under German law, Frankfurt state court spokeswoman Gundula Fehns-Boeer told The Associated Press.
“An extradition could have only occurred if the Americans said they would restrict the charges to crimes not already punished,” she said.
After the Frankfurt court’s decision on the American request last week, Hesse state officials on Tuesday deported Yilmaz to his native Turkey, said state Interior Ministry spokesman Marcus Gerngross.
This excerpt published by Stripes.com
So basically, Germany wouldn’t extradite Yilmaz to the United States, but they sent him back home to Turkey? Does anyone see the irony in this? American officials are rightfully angry at this action.
To make matters worse, to extradite him to face trial in the U.S. on terrorism charges would constitute double jeopardy under German law, Frankfurt state court spokeswoman Gundula Fehns-Boeer told The Associated Press.
Deputy U.S. Secretary of State John Sullivan learned of the deportation and immediately called a meeting with Heiko Maas, German Foreign Minister, who was already in Washington, to voice his displeasure.
Even Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker met with Mass and made this statement: “We are gravely disappointed by Germany’s decision to deport a dangerous terrorist — Adem Yilmaz — to Turkey, rather than to extradite him to the United States to face justice for his complicity in the murder of two American servicemen.”
The Southern District of New York, the same office that just sent documents to the 2016 Trump Campaign team, unsealed the indictment against Yilmaz, which charged this criminal with providing material support to a terrorist organization and aiding and abetting military-style training.
He had initially been kept in custody until his release. A Turkish official speaking on condition of anonymity said Yilmaz would be questioned by authorities while in Turkey but didn’t promise any solution.