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UN officials lament Guantánamo repatriation

Two top United Nations officials said Tuesday they were concerned about the welfare of a Guantánamo captive the U.S. repatriated to Algeria last week after a decade in the detention center in southeast Cuba.

In joint statement issued from Geneva, the U.N. Special Rapporteurs on torture, Juan E. Méndez, and on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, warned that former detainee Djamel Ameziane, 46, could be at risk following his involuntary transfer from Guantánamo Bay to Algeria.

“We are deeply concerned that the life of Mr. Ameziane could be in danger in Algeria,” they said.

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