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Guantanamo Detainee 'Boycotting' Hearing


11 January 2006

A former bodyguard for Osama bin Laden says he is boycotting legal proceedings against him at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba.

Yemeni national Ali Hamza Ahmad al-Bahlul is accused of conspiracy to commit terrorism. He admitted during a previous hearing that he was a member of bin Laden's al Qaida.

Al-Bahlul announced he was boycotting Wednesday's hearing because he is not being allowed to defend himself.

Also Wednesday, a separate panel at the Guantanamo tribunal will hear the case of a Canadian-born teenager accused of killing a U.S. military medic with a hand grenade in Afghanistan four years ago.

Meanwhile, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was handed over to France a year-and-a-half ago, Nizar Sassi, has been released from custody in Paris.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.



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