Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Three former Guantanamo detainees sentenced

The Moroccan news agency MAP reported Friday that a criminal court in Salé, has sentenced three former Guantanamo Bay detainees to prison for their involvement in terror activities. Mohamed Slimani was sentenced to five years in prison for his alleged role in creating and participation in a "criminal gang, practice of activities in a non-recognized association and organization of un-authorized public meetings." Najib Houssani and Mohamed Ouali each received three year sentences for falsifying administrative documents. The charges were related to the men's connection with Salafia Jihadia and unrelated to their detention at Guantanamo Bay, where the three spent up to 4 1/2 years in US custody. Moroccan authorities acknowledged in February that the United States transfered the three to Moroccan custody.

The Salafia Jihadia is an offshoot of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group. Both organizations are allegedly linked with al-Qaeda and are believed to be responsible for the May 16, 2003 Casablanca suicide bombings that killed 45 people, including 12 suicide bombers.


Blogger Nazia said...

At least they were given a trial, although whether a fair one or not is another issue...

9:56 PM, November 14, 2006  

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