(AFP) – Nov 30, 2009
ROME — Two Tunisian Guantanamo inmates have been transferred by the United States to Italy where they will face trial, the Italian justice ministry has announced.
The two were identified as Adel Ben Mabrouk and Riadh Ben Mohamed Nasri, and "were the subjects of Italian arrest warrants and will be tried in Italy," the ministry said.
Nasri -- captured by US troops in Afghanistan -- is wanted in Italy for aiding illegal immigration, association with criminals and links to terrorist acts committed between 1997 and 2001, the ANSA news agency said.
The two, according to prosecutors, were also part of a group that provided logistical support to a militant cell recruiting suicide attackers for operations in countries including Afghanistan.
News of the transferral comes as an Algerian detainee, Saber Lahmar, also held at the US detention facility, was moved from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to French territory, his lawyer said.
The 39-year old Lahmar is the last of five Algerians arrested in Bosnia in late 2001 to be transferred from Guantanamo since a US judge's ordered their release in November 2008 due to insufficient evidence.
Robert Kirsh, Lahmar's attorney, said the Algerian's transfer from Guantanamo will allow him "to rebuild his life as a free man after nearly eight years of illegal detention."
"Mr Lahmar suffered years of inhumane, isolating imprisonment. He was separated from other human contact until one month after Judge (Richard) Leon ruled that the detention of Mr Lahmar was illegal," he told AFP.
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