Terror suspect wanted in US released in Kosovo

On Friday 18 June, a EU judge ordered the release of an ethnic Albanian man arrested just one day earlier at the request of the Unites States government.

Federal prosecutors in North Carolina charged Barjam Asllani, a 29-year-old from the divided town of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo, with “providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad.” According to a statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Asllani conspired with seven men who were arrested in North Carolina last July and charged with planning to commit “violent jihad.”

Serb press agency B92 reports that Asllani, who was arrested by Kosovo police, KPS, under the supervision of EULEX Special Prosecutor and five agents of the U.S. Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI), had maintained regular contact with the North Caroline-based Jihad.

The New York Times reports that a spokesperson for the E.U. police and justice mission said on Friday that although Mr. Mr. Asllani was released by a European judge, it remains up to the government of Kosovo to decide whether or not to extradite him to the United States.

(h/t to Georgetown SLB)

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