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Convicted Frenchmen freed from Guantanamo

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Convicted Frenchmen freed from Guantanamo


Five Frenchmen who were held at Guantanamo Bay prison have been found guilty of terrorism-related charges by a court in Paris and jailed for one year. Having already spent between 18 and 30 months in prison, the men will serve no further time. A sixth man was acquitted.

The men were arrested in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2001 after the September attacks. Five of them had admitted to training in al Qaeda camps, but their lawyers contested the legality of their confessions which they said were given as the men were being held in leg irons and kept in the heat of the sun in Guantanamo.

In a separate case, three British residents being held at the US prison on the island of Cuba have also been released. They had been imprisoned there without charge or trial for more than four years.

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