Ex-Gitmo detainees cleared by Paris court

An appeals court in Paris Feb. 24 overturned the terrorism convictions of five French nationals formerly detained at Guantánamo Bay. Arrested in Afghanistan in 2001, the men spent up to two years in US custody at Guantánamo. Sent back to France in 2007, where they were sentenced to prison on terrorism-related charges, although they were not imprisoned as they had already served time before the trial. The Paris appeals court ruled that the men had been improperly questioned by the French intelligence services while they were at Guantánamo, making the charges baseless. The men acknowledged spending time at Afghan military training camps, but said they never put their combat skills to use. (EuroNews, Feb. 24)

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