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German Authorities Sought to Deport Tunisian Suspected of Berlin Truck Attack

© AFP 2023 / Odd ANDERSENAuthorites inspect a truck that had sped into a Christmas market in Berlin, on December 19, 2016
Authorites inspect a truck that had sped into a Christmas market in Berlin, on December 19, 2016 - Sputnik International
The German authorities have repeatedly tried to deport a Tunisian national, suspected of committing the Christmas market truck attack in Berlin, though these attempts have failed.

Members of the German police's so-called BFE+ (Evidence and Arrestment Unit) anti terror unit present a training operation in Berlin's Ahrensfelde district on December 16, 2015. - Sputnik International
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BERLIN (Sputnik) — According to the Der Tagesspiegel newspaper, citing a law-enforcement source on Wednesday, a German court sentenced the young Tunisian national to deportation in July 2016, though the the court ruling was not implemented, despite numerous efforts of the law-enforcement agencies.

Earlier in the day, media reported that the identity document of the 23-year old Tunisian applicant for refugee status, called Anis A., was found under the driver seat of the truck, which had rammed into the crowd at the Berlin Christmas market on the Breitscheidplatz square on Monday.

A total of 12 people were killed and 49 injured in this terrorist attack.

On Tuesday, the German Federal Prosecution said that a 23-year-old Pakistani man detained following the attack was released due to no evidence proving his links to the attack.

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