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7 Guantanamo prisoners returned to Russia

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  • ummyakoub
    US hands over seven Guantanamo prisoners to Russia ... WASHINGTON, March 1: The United States announced on Monday that it has extradited seven Russian
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 3, 2004
      US hands over seven Guantanamo prisoners to Russia
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      WASHINGTON, March 1: The United States announced on Monday that it
      has extradited seven Russian nationals detained at Guantanamo to
      Russia for trial.

      "They have been transferred to the control of the government of
      Russia to face criminal charges relating to their terrorist
      activities during an armed conflict," the department's spokesman
      Richard Boucher said.

      The transfer is the result of discussions between the two governments
      over the past year. Mr Boucher said the US government had received
      assurances that "the individuals will be detained, investigated and
      prosecuted, as appropriate, under Russian law and will be treated
      humanely in accordance with Russian law and obligations."

      "The war against terrorism requires close cooperation between
      nations. The United States welcomes and appreciates the cooperation
      of the government of Russia on this issue and looks forward to
      working closely in the future in the fight against terrorism," he
      added.

      US authorities were keeping eight Russian citizens, all Muslims, at
      their prison in Guantanamo, Cuba. A US news agency, UPI, has
      identified the prisoners as Rustam Akmerov, Ravil Gumarov, Timur
      Ishmuradov, Shamil Khadzhiev, Rasul Kudaev, Ravil Mingazov, Ruslan
      Odigov and Airat Vakhitov.

      It is not clear which of these eight prisoners is still in
      Guantanamo.

      The detainees include residents of Russia's Muslim majority republics
      of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, the city of Chelyabinsk in Western
      Siberia, and the Caucasus region.

      US authorities said all seven men, who were handed over to Russia on
      Saturday, were detained in Afghanistan.

      Human rights groups had been urging the United States not to send
      these men to Russia where they may be executed after summary trials.-
      AFP

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top20.htm&date=20040302

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