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Hamed Abderrahman Ahmad (born 1974) is a Spaniard who was captured in Pakistan in 2001. He was detained in Guantanamo Bay, then extradited to Spain on February 14, 2004. Spanish authorities alleged that Abderrahman Ahmad is a member of a Spanish al-Qaeda cell. Ahmed was convicted of those charges in 2005 and sentenced to six years in prison.

Ahmad is popularly known as "the Spanish Taliban".[1]

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Terrorism conviction in Spain

Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon, prepared the indictment against Ahmad. Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Ahmed had gone to Afghanistan to train with Osama bin Laden's followers. Following his trial, Ahmed was convicted. On October 5, 2005, Ahmed was sentenced to six years in prison.

Three other detainees indicted with Ahmad were Moroccan Lahcen Ikassrien, and two British residents, Omar Deghayes and Jamil al Banna. Spanish authorities alleged that these four may have had some involvement, not only with the September 11, 2001 attacks, but also with planning the later Madrid bombings.

The Washington Post reported on July 24, 2006 that Ahmad's conviction was overturned, on appeal, by the Spanish Supreme Court.[2] According to the Washington Post article, the Spanish High Court that had originally convicted Ahmad, had not taken into account his right to the presumption of innocence.

The Washington Post quoted from the Spanish Supreme Court's decision:[2]

"Neither the motivation the subject had to travel to Afghanistan, nor the activities he carried out, justifies the verdict passed by the High Court,"

Garzón's comments on Guantanamo

Baltasar Garzón, the Spanish magistrate who requested Ahmad's extradition, speaking at a legal conference in late May 2006, said of the Guantanamo detainment camps:[3]

"A model like Guantánamo is an insult to countries that respect laws, It delegitimizes us. It is a place that needs to disappear immediately."

Garzón, speaking of the evidence against Ahmad supplied to him by American intelligence officials, said:[3]

"Everything obtained from there was useless because it went against the rules."

Associates

Eleven terrorist suspects were arrested in Ceuta, the Spanish enclave on the North African coast, early on the morning of December 12, 2006.[1] Two of arrested suspects are said to be brothers of Ahmad. Initial reports incorrectly said that Ahmad himself was one of the arrested men.

Press reports claim the arrested men were associated with the Moroccan Islamic Combat Group.[1]

The arrested men were believed to have sent recruits to fight in Iraq.[1]

Torture claims investigation

On April 29, 2009, that Spanish investigating magistrate Baltazar Garzon initiated a formal investigation into whether confessions from Ahmed and three other former Guantanamo captives were the result of the use of abusive interrogation techniques.[4][5][6] Ahmed and the other three men: Lahcen Ikassrien, Jamiel Abdul Latif al Banna and Omar Deghayes, had previously faced charges in Spanish courts, based on confessions they made while in US custody. Their charges had been dropped based on their claims that their confessions were false and were the result of abusive interrogation techniques.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Possible UK link with alleged Islamic terrorists arrested in Ceuta, Typically Spanish, December 12, 2006
  2. ^ a b Ex-Guantanamo Spaniard cleared by supreme court, Washington Post, July 24, 2006
  3. ^ a b Spanish Judge Calls for Closing U.S. Prison at Guantánamo, New York Times, June 4, 2006
  4. ^ Giles Tremblett (2009-04-29). "Spanish court opens investigation of Guantánamo torture allegations". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.guardian.co.uk%2Fworld%2F2009%2Fapr%2F29%2Fspain-court-guantanamo-detainees-torture&date=2009-04-29.  
  5. ^ "Spanish judge opens probe into Guantanamo torture". Agence France Presse. 2009-04-29. Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fhostednews%2Fafp%2Farticle%2FALeqM5iAI5j8L_T9-ohjwCcZOXPT7Bf95g&date=2009-04-29.  
  6. ^ Gerald Warner (2009-04-29). "Spanish judge uses memos released by Barack Obama to pursue Bush officials". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.telegraph.co.uk%2Fgerald_warner%2Fblog%2F2009%2F04%2F29%2Fspanish_judge_uses_memos_released_by_barack_obama_to_pursue_bush_officials&date=2009-04-29.  

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