Tunisia Impounds Ex-bin Laden’s Bodyguard’s Passport
Sami Aidoud

A judiciary official says Tunisia Government has seized the passport of a man Sami Aidoudi suspected of being an Islamist militant who once served as Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard.

The confiscation was adopted as a way of preventing him from returning to Germany upon demand by a German court to return.

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Germany says he may face torture in his native Tunisia, a concern the North African country denies.

Tunisian authorities initially detained Aidoudi after Germany deported him last month.

It released him after two weeks for lack of evidence but has barred him from leaving the country pending the outcome of an investigation.

“The investigation is ongoing… His passport has been confiscated by a court (in case he gets charged),” said Sofian Sliti, spokesman of Tunisia’s anti-terrorist judiciary body,” he added, without elaborating.

“If there was a request from German authorities (to Tunisia) to hand him over it should come via diplomatic channels.”

A spokesman for the German government said Berlin was in constant contact with Tunis via its embassy there and would continue to discuss the case.