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    Mohamed Bejaoui: Algerian detainees in Guantanamo to be extradited to Algeria

    Foreign affairs minister Mr. Mohamed Bejaoui pointed out that Washington proposed the extradition to Algeria of 27 detainees in Guantanamo detention camp, and that the concerned authorities have started inquiries about them. Farouk Ksentini, the head of the national consultative commission of the protection and promotion of human rights, made clear that the detainees will benefit from the legal principle of being considered innocent until proven guilty.

    In his statement to channel 3 radio station, Mr. Bejaoui unveiled that Clint Williamson, the US Ambassador at-Large, special envoy of the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, told him on Saturday that Washington is willing to extradite the 27 Guantanamo detainees to Algeria in an American attempt to close the detention camp as announced by the US envoy.

    Mr. Farouk Ksentini considered that inquiries about the detainees and their detention circumstances is an ordinary and necessary procedure, as they are “suspect” noting that international terrorism and transnational crime combating imposes taking new measures.

    It is noteworthy that the US envoy Clint Williamson in charge of Guantanamo at the US Secretary of State told Algeria's foreign affairs minister and president Bouteflika's advisor Mr. Kamel Rezzag-Bara about Washington's intention to close down Guantanamo detention camp definitely and come up with an elaboration of a global counter terrorism strategy.


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    Dimanche 29 Avril 2007 -- Après des années de détention dans la tristement célèbre prison de Guantanamo (Cuba), sept détenus algériens vont être libérés prochainement, sur décision de l’administration américaine, a révélé, hier, le président de la Commission nationale consultative de protection et de promotion des droits de l’Homme (CNCPPDH), Me Farouk Ksentini, sur les ondes de la Chaîne III de la radio nationale.

    Pour ce dernier, que nous avons joint par téléphone pour plus de détails, il s’agit d’une nouvelle importante qui dénote un revirement dans la position de l’administration Bush, influencée sans doute par le poids de l’opinion internationale qui n’a eu de cesse de dénoncer les injustices commises par les Américains dans ce pénitencier ayant battu tous les records en matière d’exactions et de violations des droits de l’Homme commises sur des prisonniers. «Toute l’affaire du Guantanamo est floue !» répondra notre interlocuteur à la question d’en savoir plus sur l’identité des détenus qui viennent de bénéficier de la mesure de rapatriement. Et d’ajouter : «Rien n’a filtré sur le profil des prisonniers qui vont être rapatriés, si ce n’est qu’ils sont des islamistes mais pas forcément des terroristes, ce qui est fondamentalement différent. J’ai même beaucoup de respect pour les islamistes qui ont des convictions religieuses.»

    Sur un total de 29 prisonniers nationaux, informe le président de la Commission en charge des droits de l’Homme en Algérie, les prisonniers libérables peuvent compter parmi eux les Algéro-Bosniaques ayant été incarcérés il y a quelques années dans cette lugubre prison qui compte pas moins de 600 détenus de différentes nationalités, pour la majorité des musulmans, soupçonnés d’activités terroristes, mais dont la majorité n’a pas encore bénéficié d’un jugement en bonne et due forme. Quant à savoir leur statut juridique une fois rapatriés en Algérie, Me Ksentini informe qu’ils seront accueillis, en premier lieu, par les autorités policières qui mèneront une enquête pour déterminer leur implication ou non dans une quelconque affaire. «S’ils n’ont aucun antécédent judiciaire, ils seront immédiatement libérés ; dans le cas contraire, il s’agira de voir s’ils tombent ou non sous le coup des dispositions de la Charte pour la paix et la réconciliation nationale !» explique la même source qui ajoute : «Quel que soit leur sort ici, il sera certainement meilleur que celui qu’ils subissaient à Guantanamo où ils ont fait les frais de toutes sortes d’insultes et d’injures !»

    Me Ksentini relèvera avec satisfaction le «réveil» des autorités américaines qui ont jusque-là agi en toute impunité : «Ces dernières semblent reconnaître leur erreur, je me demande quelle aurait été la situation si un autre pays avait avoué emprisonner des centaines de personnes sans jugement. C’est la loi du plus fort !» conclut-il.


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    June 11, 2007 -- Algerian detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba would be extradited to Algeria and appear in court, said well-informed sources. Investigations have proved that none of the 26 Algerian detainees at Guantanamo Bay joined terrorist groups in Algeria, said the same sources.

    According to the same sources, Algeria will ensure constitutional protection for the Algerian detainees.

    Additionally, Algeria said it rejected any U.S. conditions likely to infringe upon Algeria’s sovereignty.

    Algerian officials also said Washington had to extradite the Algerian detainees to the authorities of their homeland before appearing in court.

    On the other hand, Algeria would not comply with the U.S. “instructions” on “putting them in prison” without charges, said well-informed sources.

    Algeria also refused to deal with the detainees’ issue in a selective way and this constituted one of the reasons for disagreement between Algeria and the U.S. about the issue of Guantanamo detainees, said the same sources.

    In this regard, an American delegation arrived in Algeria few days ago to hold talks with Algerians on the “fate” of Guantanamo detainees, said close sources.

    It’s worth recalling that the US Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes Issues who visited Algiers last April 21 2007, discussed with the Algerian Foreign Ministry’s officials the case of 25 Algerians now in detention in the notorious Guantanamo concentration camp, the closure of which has also been high on the two sides’ discussions agenda.

    The same source revealed to Echorouk that 6 or 7 of the Algerians detained in Guantanamo are Bosnian citizens. They were all arrested in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Bosnia.

    The closure of the camp was said to be a personal will and decision of the American President George Walker Bush, although no indication has been given on when the closure of the internationally condemned camp would happen. Yet it is likely to be closed by the end of 2007 or in the beginning of 2008, the same sources told Echorouk.

    The closure of Guantanamo camp is a consequence of human rights groups’ denunciations of torture, and human rights violations there. The file has also damaged the reputation of the US Administration.

    American President G.W Bush had previously announced he would discuss the issue with countries concerned about the deportation of their nationals to their home countries after the closure, but in Algeria’s case, a lack of any deportation treaties with the United States is a hurdle in the finalisation of the operation.

    It is worth recalling that the Algerian Justice Minister said a solution would be found for this purpose and that a treaty was being prepared, while Washington insists on guarantees before deporting any prisoner to his native country’s authorities although human rights organisations have previously spoken of “exactions” in the very same Guantanamo Bay camp.

    In the 26-name list of Algerian prisoners there is a vague mention about the dates and the places when and where several people were arrested but for some others there is “no further information.” For these, Algerian authorities have found difficulties in dealing with them. The others, including the 7 people who were arrested in Bosnia, are well-known to the Algerian authorities. Several others were taken in Pakistan or Afghanistan or in the border between the two neighbouring Asian countries.

    The Chairperson of the National Consultative Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, Mr Farouk Ksentini, said his institution sent a letter to the US authorities in which he called for a release of the Algerian detainees.

    Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem for his part previously said of Algerians detained in Guantanamo that “Algeria has the right to defend the detainees and call for their release even if they are bi-nationals,” while some of the latter were released by the US authorities after their second countries requested it.

    Echorouk had previously talked to the lawyer in charge of the Algerian cases in Guantanamo, Mr. Robert B. Kirsch, who said that Algerians detained in Guantanamo underwent the worst forms of torture. According to the lawyer, Algerians went through difficult times in the camp and were sometimes forced to go without sleep for investigation purposes.

    They all suffer from psychological and health problems, according to Mr. Kirsch.

    On Tuesday, the New York-based Centre for Constitutional Rights condemned the conditions of the prisoners at Guantanamo, saying that "the legal black hole of Guantanamo is an unconscionable mistake."


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    Mardi 19 Juin 2007 -- Le ministre des Affaires étrangères, M. Mourad Medelci, a affirmé, hier à Alger, que l'Algérie n'exclut pas la libération prochaine des Algériens détenus à Guantanamo. “Nous n'excluons pas que des premiers résultats se traduisent par la libération de certains parmi les Algériens qui sont détenus à Guantanamo”, a déclaré à la presse M. Medelci.

    Lors d'une visite à Alger, en avril dernier, l'ambassadeur itinérant américain, M. Clint Williamson, a indiqué avoir discuté avec les responsables algériens de la situation des prisonniers algériens détenus à la base américaine de Guantanamo, émettant le vœu de son pays “de voir cette base fermée”.


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    Le ministre des affaires étrangères, Mourad Medelci, a révélé en marge de l’ouverture des travaux de l’atelier sur la convention d’interdiction des armes chimiques, à Djnen El Mithak, que les autorités attendent des renseignements précis autour d’algériens détenus à Guantanamo, candidat à l’extradition vers l’Algérie. Il a, par ailleurs, exprimé le « vif intérêt » porté par l’Algérie aux développements du dossier Sahraoui qui est négocié depuis hier à New York.

    Medelci a déclaré que ces informations « seront disponibles dans quelques heures », sans donner d’avantages de détails sur leur source ni sur les noms des concernés par l’extradition de la prison de Guantanamo, située, pour rappel, à Cuba.....


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