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Pakistan 'al-Qaeda Pair' Freed

Two men held in detention in Pakistan for nearly six months on suspicion of links with al-Qaeda have been released from prison – almost a week after they were acquitted of the last charges remaining against them. The Supreme Court ruled on Saturday that the detention of Ahmad Javed Khawaja and his brother Naveed could not be extended under existing security laws, which provide for detention without trial. Despite being charged by the anti-terrorist court in April they were not formally accused of al-Qaeda links. Instead, they were charged on four different counts, including the possession of illegal weapons and foreign passports. They were among nine members of the same family taken into custody last December. The two men were kept in detention on court orders after the other seven were released. Full Story

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