Kuwait appeals court upholds acquittal of two ex-Guantanamo detainees

Kuwait appeals court upholds acquittal of two ex-Guantanamo detainees

[JURIST] A Kuwaiti appeals court upheld the acquittal of two former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees Tuesday, agreeing with a lower court that there was insufficient evidence to convict [JURIST report]. The two men, Omar Rajab Amin and Abdullah Kamel al-Kundari [Project Kuwaiti Freedom profiles], spent almost five years in Guantanamo Bay before being repatriated [JURIST report] to Kuwait last September. There they were charged with endangering the emirate's ties to friendly nations by joining al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Amin and al-Kundari both denied the charges, saying they were in Afghanistan to do charity work. The prosecutor has not yet announced if he will appeal the court's ruling to Kuwait's court of cassation [POGAR backgrounder], whose decision is final. Amin and al-Kundari have been free since the March lower court decision. AFP has more.