Former Egyptian Guantanamo prisoner returns home

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.

PTI



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

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