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For Bosnia, Getting 6 Freed From Guantánamo Is a Balancing Act

Three years after six men were accused of plotting to blow up the American and British Embassies here, the Bosnian government is seeking their return. The six were handed over to United States peacekeepers here and are currently held at Guantánamo Bay, the American military base in Cuba. A court here in January 2002 dropped charges against the men for lack of evidence and ordered them released. The men, all Algerians who claim Bosnian citizenship or residency, were immediately handed over to the peacekeepers by Bosnian police, expelled, and eventually taken to Guantánamo Bay. Like the rest of the detainees held in Guantánamo, they have been classified by the United States as enemy combatants whose status is being examined by a military tribunal and the Defense Department. But unlike most of their fellow prisoners, they were not taken captive in conflict zones, like Afghanistan, and had been living in Bosnia for several years.Full Story

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