The possibility of ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden being brought to Berlin to give evidence before a parliamentary committee has risen after a top appeals court ruled the German government cannot block him.
The committee investigating US National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance in Germany has wanted to call Snowden as a witness to detail what he knows but the government has said it cannot guarantee his safety.
Snowden is wanted by the US on espionage charges.
But in a ruling announced on Monday, the Federal Court of Justice said the government needs to “establish the pre-conditions” including “effective protection of the witness”.
The committee is now required to make an official request to bring in Snowden from Russia, a matter it is expected to debate on Thursday.
Snowden has reportedly said he is willing to give evidence, but only in person in Germany.