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Ben Moujane Mohamed – Witness to Guantanamo

Ben Moujane Mohamed

Ben Moujane Mohamed (also identified as Muhammad Ben Moujan) was born in Dar Bida, Morocco in February 1981. In 2001, Mohamed traveled with his family to Syria, Turkey, Iran, and finally to Kandahar, Afghanistan. After 9/11, he fled toward Pakistan and was arrested at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border by Pakistani armed forces. Mohamed was transferred to U.S. custody in Kandahar on December 30, 2001, and was moved to Guantanamo Bay on January 14, 2002. Mohamed was released to Morocco October, 11 2006. In 2007, a Moroccan court convicted him of post-release “membership of a criminal group with the aim of preparing to commit terrorist acts” and “failing to denounce crimes against state security.” He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, though was acquitted on appeal in May 2007. Moroccan authorities appealed to the Supreme Court and his case was to be judged again in October 2008. The results of that case are not known.

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