June 22, 2015 / 10:07 AM / 2 years ago

Germany says will not extradite anyone facing death penalty

BERLIN (Reuters) - No one will be extradited from Germany if they face the death penalty, a spokesman for the German foreign ministry said on Monday when asked about an Al Jazeera journalist who has been remanded in custody in Berlin at Egypt’s request.

People walk past the main entrance of a court at Moabit prison where Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour is being detained in Berlin, Germany, June 22, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

“I don’t think one can say this loudly enough: Of course, nobody will be extradited from Germany who risks being sentenced to death abroad,” Martin Schaefer told a news conference on Monday.

A Cairo court sentenced Ahmed Mansour, who has dual Egyptian and British citizenship, to 15 years in prison in absentia last year on a charge of torturing a lawyer in 2011 in Tahrir Square, the focus of the uprising that toppled veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Reporting by Paul Carrel and Michelle Martin; Editing by Noah Barkin

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