German administrative Court rejects El-Masri CIA rendition suit

[JURIST] A German administrative court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Khaled El-Masri seeking the arrest and extradition of 13 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents whom El-Masri claims kidnapped and illegally detained him in 2003 as part of the Bush administration’s extraordinary rendition program, according to a ruling made public Friday. The Cologne Administrative Court ruled Tuesday that the German Justice Ministry’s decision not to pursue prosecution against the CIA agents, despite a previously issued arrest warrant, was legal.

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