A Spanish terror suspect transferred from Guantanamo Bay has been sentenced to six years in prison by a Madrid court for belonging to al-Qaeda.
Thirty-one-year-old Hamed Abderrahman Ahmad, who comes from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in Morocco, denies any link with the terror network. The judges ruled that he had joined the organisation fully aware of its terrorist character. Known in Spain as the “Spanish Taliban”, Ahmad was tried at the High Court last month. Ahmad was captured in Pakistan in October 2001, handed over to US authorities and interned for two years at the American military base at Guantanamo Bay, where some 500 men are being held without charge. Psychiatrists say he is suffering from post-traumatic stress as a result of his detention there. The ruling follows the sentencing last month of the leader of al-Qaeda in Spain, Imad Eddin Barakat. Better known as Abu Dadah, he was cited as a witness in Ahmad’s trial.