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Wanted Guantanamo man granted bail in UK

By Christopher Hope, Home Affairs Correspondent, and agencies

Last Updated: 2:28pm GMT 20/12/2007

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee wanted for extradition by Spain on terrorism charges is to be released after being granted bail by a London magistrates' court.

Jamil el-Banna, 45, was one of three British residents arrested after landing back in the country last night following their release from the controversial US military prison on Cuba.

Appearing at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court today, el-Banna was told that the Spanish warrant issued for his arrest alleges that he was a member of a Spanish cell of al-Qa'eda called the Islamic Alliance.

The court was told that he had helped recruit people into terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and Indonesia, and distributed terrorist propaganda.

He was granted bail of £50,000 by Senior District Judge Timothy Workman. El-Banna will be released on condition that he wears an electronic tag and sticks to a curfew imposed by the court.

His defence team said they expected him to be freed today or tomorrow, after his tag has been fitted.

It is not yet clear who will be putting up the bail money.

During the hearing - which was translated for his benefit - el-Banna spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and UK address.

Looking older than his years, he had grey hair almost down to his waist and a long grey beard.

El-Banna and Omar Deghayes, 37, one of his fellow former Guantanamo inmates, could face fast-track extradition to Madrid for investigation according to security sources.

The two men and Abdennour Samuer, 33, arrived in Luton airport last night after being held by the United States for up to six years at the detention centre in Cuba. They were all arrested at the airport.

Lawyers for the men, who have been held without charge and allegedly tortured in Guantanamo, deny the allegations made by Spain and said they would fight extradition.

Gareth Peirce, the human rights lawyer who represents some of the former detainees, said they should all be immediately released.

Full story, Source: The Telegraph

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He'll be in Pakistan before the New Year. Anyone taking bets ?

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He'll be in Pakistan before the New Year. Anyone taking bets ?

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Funny, that was my first thought when I read the paper...

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He'll be in Pakistan before the New Year. Anyone taking bets ?

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:lol: Highly likely....

Gareth Peirce, the human rights lawyer who represents some of the former detainees, said they should all be immediately released.

It's always fun.. (for me anyway) to check out the Human right's lawyers in these case. To put a picture..to the name..

They want the fame... they're fair game...

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Gareth Peirce, the human rights lawyer

They always seem to fit the vain... Clichéd stereotype.

Gareth Peirce (born c. 1940) is a British solicitor. She discarded her birth name of "Jean" when she was quite young, taking "Gareth" as her legal name. She is noted for taking on controversial cases, including high profile human rights issues. Her clients include the Birmingham Six, the Tipton Three, the Guildford Four, former MI5 operative David Shayler, Abu Qatada (who has been called 'Europe's Al-Qaeda Ambassador'), Judith Ward, the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, Mozzam Begg and Bisher Amin Khalil al-Rawi, a detainee at the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp.

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