On Monday, June 13, Adeel al-Gazzar, a former Guantanamo prisoner, who spent the last ten months in Slovakia, left to return to Egypt after ten years. On arrival, he was immediately arrested. In Egypt he is considered a terrorist, the Sme daily wrote in its Wednesday, June 15, issue.
Slovakia granted asylum to al-Gazzar through an agreement with the US, but he now he faces possible torture, even though Husni Mubarak is no longer Egyptian President. Al-Gazzar was accused of terrorist attacks in Egypt in one of the first post-9/11 attempts by Husni Mubarak to use those attacks as an excuse to act against Islamist opponents, according to Al-Massry al-Youm, an opposition newspaper. He was sentenced to three years in absentia. He was later caught in Afghanistan and handed over to the US and was transported to the Guantanamo detention centre where he was incarcerated for eight years. He was one of three former Guantanamo detainees who were accepted in Slovakia and he stayed here for about ten months. After the Mubarak regime fell, he decided to return home to his family and four children. One day after al-Gazzar's arrest, Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Mikulas Dzurinda arrived in Egypt to advise the new administration during its transformation to democracy. Slovakia is active in sharing its strategies for shifting to a democratic society, as Egypt’s situation is similar to that of post-Communist countries after 1989.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.
15. Jun 2011 at 14:00