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Five former Guantanamo detainees freed on bail in Kuwait

[JURIST] Five Kuwait [JURIST news archive] citizens, previously held captive by the US at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention center, were released on bail from police custody in Kuwait on Sunday. The five were released on bail after denying the charges against them, which include joining al-Qaeda [JURIST news archive], fighting with the Taliban, and collecting donations for a terrorism-related charity. Family members say the five went to Afghanistan to help fellow Muslims but never carried arms.

The five were returned to Kuwaiti custody in November [JURIST report]. Government prosecutors said the five detainees, along with six other Kuwaitis still in US custody at Guantanamo, have done damage to Kuwait's political reputation, and will be prosecuted, facing up to 10 years if convicted. AP has more.

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