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Youngest Guantanamo Detainee Freed...


LONDON (Reuters) - The youngest detainee held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, seized when he was just 14 years old, has been released after seven years in captivity, his lawyers said on Thursday.

Mohammed El Gharani, a Chadian citizen, was set free five months after a U.S. federal judge ordered him released after reviewing the evidence against him and ruling that it did not prove he was ever an "enemy combatant."

Gharani has already returned to Chad, his lawyers said. There was no immediate confirmation from U.S. authorities of his release.

"It is great news that Mohammed has at last been released, but he will never get back the teenage years that were spent in Guantanamo based on shamefully shoddy intelligence," said Clive Stafford Smith, a lawyer and the director of Reprieve, a human rights group that has fought for his release.

"The idea that it took seven years and a federal judge to sort this out demonstrates just how failed an experiment Guantanamo Bay is."

Thank you Dick Cheney. Thank you Donald Rumsfeld. Thank you George Bush.

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