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Ex-Qaeda cook freed, returns to Sudan

11 July 2012, 15:30

 Khartoum - A former al-Qaeda cook released from Guantanamo was flown to his home in Sudan on Wednesday, the country's state media reported.

Ibrahim al-Qosi, in his 50s, was taken by a US Air Force aircraft to Khartoum airport, Omdurman radio said. He was greeted by his father and brother on his arrival and told the station that he had a difficult time in "unfair detention in the infamous Guantanamo prison".

Al-Qosi was taken to Guantanamo in 2002, one of the first terror suspects to be sent there.

He pleaded guilty in July 2010 to supporting terrorism by providing logistical support to al-Qaeda and was sentenced to 14 years, all but two of which were suspended by the Pentagon legal officer overseeing Guantanamo tribunals.

The suspension was contingent on a number of conditions, including that Al-Qosi not engage in "hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners".

Al-Qosi did not receive credit for the more than eight years he had spent at Guantanamo before his conviction.

The US Embassy in Khartoum could not be reached for comment.

- AP


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