Former Egyptian Guantanamo prisoner returns home
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 00:16
Cairo: An Egyptian man has returned home after being jailed for years at the US naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba.

Adel Fathi Ali el-Gazzar says he went to Pakistan in 2000 to preach Islam. He lost a leg in a US bombing one year later and subsequently ended up in American custody.

In addition to his time at Guantanamo, he also spent 10 months at a detention camp in Slovakia.

El-Gazzar told reporters today that the Americans had not sent him back to Egypt for fear that he would be tortured in his homeland.

He had been sentenced in absentia in Egypt in 2001 to three years in prison for militant activities and now will be retried on those charges.


First Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 00:16

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