Saturday, July 22, 2006

Kuwait upholds five ex-Guantanamo men’s acquittal

KUWAIT - Kuwait’s highest court on Saturday upheld the acquittal of five Kuwaiti former Guantanamo detainees on charges of belonging to al Qaeda, state news agency KUNA reported.

The five, who returned to the Gulf Arab state in November, were also cleared of charges of “fighting a friendly state”, a reference to the United States.

They had been freed after their acquittal by a lower court in May on charges that had been laid after their return home.

“The Court of Cassation ruled they were innocent due to a lack of evidence to support the charges against them,” said KUNA.

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