A Spanish member of the tiny minority of extremists is going home from Gitmo. From the Sydney Morning Herald, with thanks to Jean-Luc:
The sole Spanish prisoner held at the US military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, arrived at an air base near Madrid last night to face charges of belonging to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network.
Dubbed “the Spanish Taliban”, Hamed Abderrahman Ahmed, a 30-year-old Muslim from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta adjoining northern Morocco, had been held since his capture more than two years ago in Afghanistan.
He arrived at the Torrejon base on a Spanish air force plane with eight police escorts and was met by a judge.
From there he was driven to the country’s top court, the Audiencia Nacional in the centre of Madrid, where a forensic doctor was to examine him.
US Secretary of State Colin Powell had said on Wednesday that the Spanish citizen would be repatriated at the request of the Spanish Government.
He was to undergo medical, physical and psychological tests for 10 days before being questioned.
Sources said the public prosecutor would seek jail for Hamed as an alleged member of al-Qaeda.
He is one of 660 prisoners from 42 countries, including 21 Europeans and two Australians, who have been held for more than two years in legal limbo at Guantanamo Bay.