A Tunisian man who allegedly served as a bodyguard to Osama bin Laden was detained in Germany on Monday and is to be deported, officers stated.

The 41-year-old, recognized as Sami A., has lived in Germany for about 20 years, however outrage over his presence has grown in latest months because the temper hardens in the direction of rejected asylum seekers. Sami A.

had beforehand efficiently argued in opposition to his deportation, saying he risked being tortured in his homeland.

However Germany’s Federal Workplace for Migration reversed that call on Monday, following a public outcry over the case and an intervention from Inside Minister Horst Seehofer. “Finally, he’s going to be deported!” headlined the best-selling day by day Bild, which broke the information.

A spokesman for Bochum metropolis corridor in western Germany confirmed to AFP that Sami A. was being held pending deportation.

The Tunisian, who arrived in Germany in 1997, was taken into custody when he reported for his day by day go to to a Bochum police station.

Thought of a safety risk over his suspected ties to Islamist teams, Sami A. has for years needed to report back to police however was by no means charged with an offence.

He has at all times denied being the previous bodyguard of late Al-Qaeda chief bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 assaults on america.

Judges in a 2015 terror case in Muenster nevertheless stated they believed Sami A. underwent navy coaching at an Al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan in 1999 and 2000 and belonged to bin Laden’s workforce of guards.

German authorities first rejected Sami A.’s asylum request in 2007 however prosecutors’ efforts to expel him had been repeatedly blocked by courts citing the hazard of torture in Tunisia.

An unrelated courtroom ruling final month involving one other Tunisian man — accused over a 2015 assault on Tunis’ Bardo museum — helped pave the way in which for Sami A.’s expulsion.

In that occasion, German judges discovered that the accused didn’t face the specter of the demise penalty as Tunis has had a moratorium on implementing capital punishment since 1991.

Germany’s hardline inside minister seized on the precedent to say he hoped Sami A. could be subsequent, calling on migration officers to make the case “a priority”.

The Bild newspaper has led a vocal marketing campaign in opposition to Sami A.’s presence in Germany, with revelations that he collects almost 1,200 euros ($1,400) a month in welfare sparking explicit outrage. Sami A. has a spouse and kids who’re German residents. AFP