Bosnia asks for release of six Gitmo detainees

[JURIST] Bosnian officials have asked the US government to hand over six men detained at Guantanamo Bay after families of the men staged a protest in Sarajevo [BBC News report]. The six, all Algerians, were arrested in October 2001 on suspicion of plotting an attack on the US embassy in Sarajevo and were turned over to the US despite local prosecutors dismissing the case for a lack of evidence. A Bosnian court has ruled that the handover of the men was illegal and ordered the Bosnian government to compensate their families. However, US District Judge Richard Leon last week dismissed a challenge to the legality of their detention [opinion, PDF; JURIST report]. A Bosnian spokesperson has said that the government will pursue diplomatic means to secure the release of the six. Reuters has more.

 

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