Algeria court sentences former Guantanamo detainee to prison Max Slater at 12:21 PM ET
[JURIST] An Algerian court on Monday sentenced former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abdul Aziz Naji [NYT profile] to three years in prison for his participation in a foreign extremist group affiliated with al Qaeda. The sentence was less than the 10 years in prison and USD $6,330 fine sought by the prosecution. Naji was captured in 2002 near Kashmir and transferred to Guantanamo. In July 2010 the US extradited him to Algeria [JURIST report] after the US Supreme Court [official website] declined to stop the transfer [JURIST report]. Shortly following his release, the Algerian prosecutor's office indicted him but did not specify the charges [JURIST report]. Naji's lawyer, Hassiba Boumerdassi plans to appeal the ruling [AFP report], declaring that prosecuting Algerian citizens for their membership in an overseas extremist group is unprecedented in Algeria.
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