France to take in Algerian Guantanamo detainee

6th May 2009, Comments 1 comment

France has agreed to accept a Guantanamo Bay detainee who was held for seven years and cleared of wrong doing in November.

WASHINGTON – France has agreed to accept Algerian Lakhdar Boumediene, held at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba prison camp for seven years and cleared of wrongdoing in November, sources in Washington told AFP Tuesday.

Boumediene, 43, could be moved "as early as the next ten days," a source aware of the discussions told AFP, speaking under condition of anonymity.

Another US official confirmed that France is prepared to accept Boumediene.

Algeria is a former French colony that secured its independence after a 1954-1962 war.

Boumediene has been on hunger strike for the past two years, but rights group Amnesty International said he has been force-fed.

Boumediene was among six Guantanamo inmates arrested in Bosnia in 2001 and initially charged with plotting to attack the US embassy in Sarajevo.

Five of the six were cleared for release in November by a US judge who ruled they were illegally detained.

Three of the men, who held dual Algerian-Bosnian nationalities, were transferred to their adopted homeland Bosnia in December -- the first Guantanamo inmates released by the administration of then president George W. Bush under a judge's orders.

AFP / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • Jean posted:

    on 6th May 2009, 16:31:52 - Reply

    I hope he will have the opportunity to write a book about his experiences, so the world will know first hand what happened at Guantanamo.