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The Plight of a Guantanamo Detainee

Sunday, April 10, 2005; Page B06

In her March 27 front-page story, "Panel Ignored Evidence on Detainee," Carol D. Leonnig referred to Murat Kurnaz, seized in Pakistan in 2001 and now in detention at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, as a "German national." But Mr. Kurnaz is a Turkish citizen, raised in Bremen, Germany, by his immigrant parents.

Because he was imprisoned and subsequently stayed away from Germany for more than six months, Mr. Kurnaz lost his German residence permit. German authorities therefore denied him legal or political assistance.

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Further, when Mr. Kurnaz is allowed out of prison, he will have to apply for a new visa and is likely to end up in Turkey, where he has never lived.

I am grateful that The Post uncovered the extent of the scandal behind Mr. Kurnaz's imprisonment. I hope he will be allowed to reunite with his family soon.

JOERN JAN LEIDECKER

Hannover, Germany


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