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Spanish Court Sentences Former Guantanamo Detainee to 6-Year Prison Term

05 October 2005

Spain's National Court has sentenced a Spanish citizen, released last year from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to six years in prison for membership in al-Qaida.

The court announced the sentence in the case of Hamed Aberrahman Ahmed Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Mr. Ahmed had gone to Afghanistan to train with Osama bin Laden's followers. He has denied al-Qaida membership.

Mr. Ahmed was arrested in Pakistan in late 2001. Pakistani authorities later handed him over to U.S. forces, who sent him to the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. U.S authorities turned him over to Spain in February of last year.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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