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Bochum, Germany: Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard lives here at state expense

Today it was publicized that one of Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguards is living in Bochum while receiving a government stipend of 1,167 euros per month. The bodyguard, Sami A., 42, lives there with his family.

A Tunisian national who has been granted refugee status, Sami cannot be expelled, even though the German government regards him as a threat to national security. In April 2017, a German court determined that, despite recent changes in the political situation in Tunisia, a risk that Sami might suffer inhumane treatment or torture upon his return remains.

Sami is not allowed to leave the Bochum town limits, and he must report daily to the police.

“German law is being shamelessly exploited in this case,” said Eckart Rehberg, an MP from the Christian Democratic Union party. “We are being forced to finance a terrorist with taxpayer money because we do not have the right to expel him.”

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