Former Guantanamo detainees to appeal Morocco terrorism convictions Jaime Jansen at 1:53 PM ET
[JURIST] The head of the independent Human Rights Moroccan Center announced plans Monday to appeal a Moroccan court's conviction [JURIST report] of three former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees accused of involvement in terrorism. Khaled al Charkaoui expressed surprise at last week's convictions of Mohamed Slimani, Najib Houssani and Mohamed Ouali, who spent over four years in US custody at Guantanamo. Slimani was sentenced to five years in prison for creating and participating in a "criminal gang, practice of activities in a non-recognized association and organization of un-authorized public meetings," while Houssani and Ouali each received three-year sentences for falsifying administrative documents. Moroccan authorities acknowledged in February that the United States had transferred the three to Moroccan custody [US DOD press release].
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