Former Guantanamo detainees convicted, released after France retrial Caitlin Price at 3:59 PM ET
[JURIST] A French court Wednesday sentenced five Frenchmen released from the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] to one year in prison for "criminal association with a terrorist enterprise" after a retrial. A sixth defendant was acquitted. The men were charged with allegedly attending combat training at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan. They were repatriated to France from Guantanamo in July 2004 and March 2005 [BBC reports]. The five men convicted had served provisional sentences in France and were released before the trial's conclusion; they will not be returning to prison. The prosecution sought the one-year convictions for the use of false travel documentation to "integrate terrorist structures" in Afghanistan and called their Guantanamo detention a "defiance of international law."
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