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Bosnian protest over Guantanamo
Scene of the Sarajevo protest
Children carried banners saying: "I want my dad back"
The families of six men of Algerian origin extradited from Bosnia to US custody in Guantanamo Bay have staged a protest rally in Sarajevo.

More than 100 people joined the protest demanding freedom for the men, five of whom are Bosnian nationals.

They were arrested in late 2001, on suspicion of plotting attacks against the US and UK embassies in Sarajevo.

Despite Bosnia's highest court ruling that they should be released, the men were handed over to the US in 2002.

The protest held outside the Bosnian government compound in Sarajevo was mainly aimed against Justice Minister Slobodan Kovac, who represents Bosnia's Serb community in the multi-ethnic coalition government.

Protesters blamed Mr Kovac for refusing to launch a procedure to extradite the detainees to Bosnia.

The men's wives took along their children, who carried banners saying "Where is my Dad?" and "Do you have children, minister?", the Associated Press reports.

Volunteers from different Muslim countries helped Bosnian Muslims during the bloody war against Serbs and Croats in the early 1990s. Many of them chose to stay and became Bosnian nationals.


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