Tunisia interrogates ‘Bin Laden bodyguard’ after he was deported by Germany

Tunisian national Sami al-Aidoudi, allegedly the former bodyguard to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. (Supplied)

Tunisian authorities said on Friday they are interrogating Tunisian national Sami al-Aidoudi, believed to have once been Osama bin Laden's bodyguard, as soon as he entered the country after being deported by German authorities where he had been living in the past 20 years.

Sufian al-Sulaiti, a spokesman for Tunisia’s counter-terrorism apparatus said the German authorities “deported a Tunisian citizen called Sami in accordance with an Interpol warrant issued by Tunisia,” pointing out that the Tunisian General Prosecution gave its approval to the national unit investigating terror crimes to “receive him upon arrival and interrogate him.”

The spokesman added that “he was working as bodyguard for Osama Bin Laden, the former leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization after undergoing military training in Afghanistan, in addition to his involvement in extremist activities on German territories.”

The 42-year-old, Sami al-Aidoudi had lived in Germany for more than two decades, but outrage over his presence grew in recent months as Germany cracks down on failed asylum seekers. 

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