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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Former Guantanamo detainee acquitted of terror charges by Kuwait high court
James M Yoch Jr at 10:35 AM ET

[JURIST] The Court of Cassation in Kuwait [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday reversed former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Nasser al-Mutairi's conviction on terrorism charges, including endangering Kuwait's foreign relations by taking up arms against a foreign nation. Mutairi, the first of eight Kuwaitis to be freed from the US military facility in Cuba, spent three years in Guantanamo until his release in January 2005. After his return to Kuwait, Mutairi was cleared of all charges [JURIST report], but later in 2005, an appeals court reversed his acquittal, setting up the high court's ruling.

In July, Kuwait's high court also upheld [JURIST report] a lower court decision [JURIST report] acquitting five Kuwaiti citizens formerly held at Guantanamo Bay of alleged connections with al Qaeda. AP has more.

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