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Guantanamo Dane 'to be freed'
Guantanamo Bay
About 650 Taleban and al-Qaeda suspects are in Guantanamo Bay
A Danish man held for two years in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is to be released following talks with the US Government, Danish officials have said.

Slimane Hadj Abderrahmane, will not face charges in Denmark, Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller said.

Mr Abderrahmane was transferred to Guantanamo Bay's US base in February 2002 after his capture in the US-led conflict in Afghanistan, AP reported.

The US is holding about 650 suspected al-Qaeda and Taleban fighters there.

Last week a Spanish national was transferred from the US base back to face charges in his home country.

The detainees at Guantanamo Bay - from more than 40 countries - were mostly captured in the 2001 Afghan conflict which followed the 11 September attacks on the US in 2001.

Washington says the prisoners are "enemy combatants" who have no right to lawyers and may be held indefinitely without charge.

Many prisoners at the base have been held for two years without access to relatives or legal counsel.


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