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Ex-Guantanamo inmates cleared by Paris court

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Ex-Guantanamo inmates cleared by Paris court


An appeals court in Paris has overturned the terrorism convictions of five former French inmates at the US Guantanamo prison.

Arrested in Afghanistan in 2001, the men spent up to two years in US custody at Guantanamo. They were sent back to France in 2007, where they were sentenced to prison on terrorism-related charges, although they did not return to jail as they had already served time before the trial. But on Tuesday, Paris’ appeals court ruled that they had been improperly questioned by the French intelligence services while they were in Guantanamo, making the charges baseless. The men have acknowledged spending time in Afghan military training camps, but said they never put their combat skills to use. The ruling comes a day after a former Guantanamo inmate from Britain was freed after years of detention.

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