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Former Guantanamo Bay Detainee Arrested In Moscow

The Guantanamo Bay detention center (file photo) (AFP) March 9, 2006 -- A former Guantanamo Bay detainee and another man accused of blowing up a gas pipeline in the Russian republic of Tatarstan have been arrested in Moscow.

An aide to Tatarstan's chief prosecutor, Ildar Mukhametzyanov, said the two men -- Ravil Gumarov and Fanis Shaikhutdinov -- were detained on March 7 and would soon be transferred to Kazan.

Shaikhutdinov and Gumarov were first arrested in 2005 and charged with blowing up a gas pipeline in the town of Bugulma.

Gumarov and a third man arrested for the Bugulma attack -- Timur Ishmuratov -- are among seven Russian citizens captured by U.S. troops in Afghanistan and released in 2004 after spending several months in Guantanamo Bay.

A jury in Tatarstan cleared them of all charges in September. But the Russian Supreme Court's Cassation Chamber later overturned the acquittal.


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