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French court frees former Guantanamo detainee

[JURIST] Imad Achab Kanouni, a French citizen once held in the American detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] was released from French custody Friday. Top French anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere [Wikipedia profile] ordered Kanouni's release from French detention, where he had been held for a year after being returned to French custody. Kanouni had been apprehended by Pakistani police after the Taliban ordered foreigners out of Afghanistan in late 2001. There was no evidence that Kanouni had visited a terrorist camp in Afghanistan, and his lawyer alleged that the Pakistanis had transferred him to US custody only after an exchange of money. AFP has more.

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