Foreign Digest

FOREIGN DIGEST

October 08, 2004

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, CUBA — U.S. panel hears denials from Saudi detainee

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- A Saudi prisoner accused of attending a terrorist training camp to fight in Chechnya and Kashmir appeared before a U.S. military review tribunal yesterday, rejecting most accusations against him.

Appearing dazed and unkempt with unruly hair and beard, the Guantanamo prisoner was the 140th to have his case reviewed by a three-member panel. The United States accuses the man of being recruited in Saudi Arabia to fight in Chechnya and Kashmir and of training at the al-Farouk terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.

The military says he joined Afghanistans Taliban regime after a fatwa, or religious edict, from Sheik Ha al-Uqla at the Imam Muhammad Bin Saud College in Burayda, Saudi Arabia.

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