Spain Overturns Terrorism Conviction of Guantanamo Detainee
24 July 2006
The Spanish Supreme Court has overturned a terrorism conviction against a former Guantanamo Bay detainee accused of belonging to the al-Qaida terrorist group.
The court said Monday there was no evidence to support the conviction of Spaniard Hamed Abderrahman Ahmed. Ahmed was appealing a six-year prison sentence imposed by a lower court in Spain in 2005.
In its ruling, the high court said Ahmed's presumption of innocence had been violated by prosecutors.
Ahmed was detained in Pakistan in 2001, and eventually transferred to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. U.S. authorities later returned Ahmed to Spain for trial, after a more than two-year detention at the prison base.
Ahmed has denied belonging to al-Qaida.
Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.
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