Italy deports ex-Guantanamo Tunisian terror suspect

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Posted: Apr 20, 2011 8:29 AM
Italy deports ex-Guantanamo Tunisian terror suspect

ROME (Reuters) - Italy Wednesday deported a Tunisian former inmate at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo bay, accusing him of being part of an extremist cell.

Italian authorities accompanied Adel Ben Mabrouk back to Tunisia by plane, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Mabrouk, who returned to Italy in November 2009 after a period of detention in Guantanamo bay, was part of a militant group based in Milan, the ministry said.

Italian intelligence broke up the group after foiling a number of its plans, including a plot that it uncovered in 2009 to use a car full of explosives to blow up Milan's cathedral, the ministry said.

The ministry did not say whether Mabrouk was involved in that specific plot.

Mabrouk was recently released from detention in Italy, where he had been held on suspicion of abetting international terrorism.

The ministry said he had been expelled because of concerns over public order and state security.

(Reporting by Catherine Hornby, editing by Andrew Heavens)