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U.S. Sets Free Test Case Detainee

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15 May 09 | BBC

An Algerian man held for seven years by the U.S. has arrived in France after being set free from Guantanamo Bay.

Lakhdar Boumediene was held in Bosnia in 2001, but was cleared last year of any wrongdoing and cleared for release.

He won a landmark Supreme Court case granting Guantanamo inmates the right to challenge their confinement.

The release comes on the same day that U.S. President Barack Obama announced that he was reviving military trials for some detainees.

Earlier this month, France offered to accept Mr Boumediene, 42, after he was cleared of any wrongdoing in November by a U.S judge who ruled he had been illegally detained.

Mr. Boumediene was flown from the U.S. naval base in south-eastern Cuba to waiting relatives in France.

He had been on hunger strike since December 2006 and was force-fed twice a day through a nose-drip, the AFP news agency reported.

His wife and two daughters, who went to Algeria after his arrest, will also be taken in by France, it said. >>>

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15 May 2009 at 6:14 pm

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