Spanish Guatanamo prisoner to be freed

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13 July 2004, MADRID — A Spaniard who was held at Guantánamo Bay has been granted bail on the orders of High Court judge Baltasar Garzon, legal sources said Tuesday.

13 July 2004

MADRID — A Spaniard who was held at Guantánamo Bay has been granted bail on the orders of High Court judge Baltasar Garzon, legal sources said Tuesday.

Hamed Abderramán, alias Hmido, was captured in Afghanistan by US forces and has spent two years in jail.

In February, he was moved from Guantanamo Bay to a Spanish jail after he admitted supporting the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, but denied being a part of al-Qaeda.

Abderramán, who is originally from the Spanish north African town of Ceuta, is the only Spanish prisoner to be held at the base in Cuba.

Abderramán, who appeared before Judge Garzon and admitted that he joined an extremist Islamic group in Ceuta, then travelled to Afghanistan to support the Taliban.

Garzon said Abderramán should be granted bail as he was held illegally, without being told what charges he faced while in U.S. custody in Cuba.

But he must report to police and pay a surety of EUR 3,000.

Abderrman travelled to Iran in August 2001, then on to Afghanistan to start military training to carry on the jihad or Holy war in Chechnya.

But this never happened because of the US invasion of Afghanistan after the 11 September attacks in America.

Shortly afterwards, he was captured by US forces and taken to the Cuba prison camp.

Abderramán's family said Tuesday that his release meant "justice had been done".

His sister, Nadia, 23, said: "We are very pleased and the truth is that we cannot believe it because we spent so much time waiting and in despite this we always had all the hope in the world."

She said her brother was a "very cool person and is very strong because he has been through so much and carried on believing."

His parents, Sodia and Abderramán, were said to be "very pleased but also disappointed because of what had happened to their son."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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