Lawyer says Kuwait has no jurisdiction to try former Gitmo inmate

[JURIST] A lawyer for the first Kuwaiti inmate to be freed [JURIST report] from the Guantanamo Bay detention center [JTF Guantanamo official website] argued before a Kuwait City tribunal Wednesday that his client should not be tried in Kuwaiti court and complained he was only given a summary of US interrogations. Nasser al-Mutairi was detained in Afghanistan in 2001 and freed after being held for three years. Following his release in January, al-Mutairi was charged for his involvement with foreign military forces without his country's permission, harming Kuwait by serving a "foreign country" and undergoing banned weapons training. Al-Mutairi's lawyer argued that Kuwait's criminal court system does not have jurisdiction because the alleged crimes were not committed in Kuwait and were not punishable in Afghanistan at the time. If convicted, al-Mutairi faces a minimum of three years in prison. AP has more. For information on other Kuwaiti detainees, visit Project Kuwaiti Freedom [advocacy website], sponsored by the Kuwaiti Family Committee.

 

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