6 Guantanamo Detainees Sent Home

One prisoner faces persecution in Tunisia; lawyer opposed release
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2007 12:19 PM CDT
6 Guantanamo Detainees Sent Home
Two of the photographs from an exhibition in Houston called, "Guantanamo. Pictures From Home. Questions of Justice" are seen between the steps of an open staircase, May 11, 2007. Eighty-eight of these photographs, the work of a group of attorneys representing detainees in the prison at the Guantanamo...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Six prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base have been returned to their home countries—four to Tunisia and two to Yemen—the AP reports. One detainee's lawyer opposed the transfer on the grounds that he may face abuse for nonviolent political activism.

Abdullah bin Omar, a Tunisian who has been held at Gitmo since 2002 without being charged, was sentenced in absentia to 23 years in prison in Tunisia  for belonging to a banned political party. To avoid persecution, Omar had fled to Pakistan, where he was captured by the US. His lawyer attempted unsuccessfully to delay the move. (Read more Guantanamo Bay stories.)

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