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Ex-Camp Delta inmate wanted in Spain for terrorism

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Ex-Camp Delta inmate wanted in Spain for terrorism


One of the three British residents who returned to the UK after release from Guantanamo Bay prison has been arrested in connection with a Spanish extradition request.

Two were taken to Paddington Green high security police station in central London after landing from Cuba.

Officers say the third, 45 year old Jordanian Jamil el-Banna, is being held on a Spanish warrant alleging terrorist offences.

Banna had been held at America’s Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay since being arrested in Gambia in West Africa in 2002.

His two travelling companions – the Libyan Omar Deghayes and the Algerian Abdennour Sameur were held at Guantanamo Bay since 2001.

Britain’s opposition spokeswoman on security, Dame Pauline Neville-Jones said:

“It’s a very good thing, in the Western interests, that Guantanamo Bay should not remain open for a day longer than it needs to. It’s a separate issue, of course, what you do with the people who are returning to this country. Remember, they are residents rather than nationals, so there are some options.”

Britain’s Home Office says the men’s return to the UK from Camp Delta does not necessarily mean they will stay in the country.

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