Ex-Guantanamo prisoners now face French court

25th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 24, 2006 (AFP) - Six Frenchmen released from the US military's notorious Guantanamo prison base are to be brought before a Paris court on terrorist charges next month, officials close to the case said Monday.

PARIS, April 24, 2006 (AFP) - Six Frenchmen released from the US military's notorious Guantanamo prison base are to be brought before a Paris court on terrorist charges next month, officials close to the case said Monday.

Their trial for "associating with criminals in relation to a terrorist enterprise" is set for May 15-31. Two of them also face charges for falsifying official documents.

All but one of the men were freed by French authorities in the months following their repatriation in July 2004 and March 2005.

A seventh Frenchman who was held in Guantanamo and also turned over to France does not face any further charges, having been exonerated of any suspected wrongdoing.

The six to face trial are: Mourad Benchellali, Nizar Sassi, Brahim Yadel, Imad Achab Kanouni, Khaled Ben Mustapha and Redouane Khalid.

Benchellali and Sassi are the two indicted on the additional counterfeiting charges. Yadel is the defendant who remains jailed pending the trial.

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Subject: French news

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