No extradition for Triangle terror suspect

Bajram Asllani (FAN-TV)
June 21, 2010 2:17:41 PM PDT
A European Union Judge has released Bajram Asllani, a 29-year-old ethnic Albanian Kosovo man, who prosecutors say has links to a suspected Triangle-area terror group.

Judge Agnieszka Kolowiecka-Milar of the European Union Rule of Law Mission released Asllani from custody after a hearing Friday in the Kosovo town of Mitrovica due to the lack of an existing extradition treaty between the U.S. and Kosovo, according to CNN.

"He has to report to police twice a week," Kristiina Herodes, a spokeswoman from the EU police and justice mission (EULEX) said. "The prosecutor will have a close look at the written decision by the judge and then will decide to appeal against the decision or not."

Despite the decision from the EU judge, Herodes said that now it is up to the Kosovo government whether Asllani will be extradited to the United States or not.

Aslllani was arrested Thursday by Kosovo and European Union police after U.S. prosecutors accused him of providing material support to terrorism suspects and conspiring to kill and hurt people abroad, Reuters reports.

Asllani was accused of soliciting money from a group of men in North Carolina who were arrested last year for an alleged plot to attack a U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia.

The seven men arrested in Johnston County were also charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and for conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure people overseas, including in Kosovo, Jordan and the Gaza Strip.

Maintaining his innocence, Asllani claims to have no ill-will towards America.

"I personally have asked to be extradited to the United States because I am not afraid of U.S. justice, I believe in justice because I am innocent," he told local media in Mitrovica after he was released.

Last month Kosovo detained five people suspected of belonging to the radical Wahhabi school of Islam and seized a large cache of weapons. Two of the detainees were Kosovo Albanians and the three others Bosnian Muslims from Kosovo.

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