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Taliban release Austrian far-right activist held in Afghanistan

Austrian government said in a statement Fritz arrived in Doha earlier in the day after mediation by the Qatari government helped to secure his release

By REUTERS
February 26, 2024
Austrian far-right activist Herbert Fitz arrives at Doha International Airport on February 25, 2024. — AFP
Austrian far-right activist Herbert Fitz arrives at Doha International Airport on February 25, 2024. — AFP

KABUL: The Taliban on Sunday released Herbert Fritz, an 84-year-old Austrian and far-right nationalist who was arrested in Afghanistan last May.

The Austrian government said in a statement Fritz arrived in Doha earlier in the day after mediation by the Qatari government helped to secure his release.

After his arrest last year, Austria’s Der Standard newspaper said Fritz had gone to Afghanistan and reported positively on life there. This helped fuel anti-immigration arguments that Afghanistan was a safe country to which refugees could return, the paper said.The Taliban arrested him on suspicion of spying, Der Standard said.