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France Orders Detention of Guantanamo Detainee


A Paris court has ordered the detention of a French citizen who had been released from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba earlier this month after more than three years in custody.

The court on Friday ordered the detention of Ridouane Khalid, who prosecutors argued posed a threat to public order. Police are investigating his alleged ties to Islamic terrorists.

The court also ordered the continued detention of Khaled Ben Mustafa, who also had been detained in the Guantanamo facility.

Mr. Khalid's lawyer told the French news agency the French position is unusual, as other countries have released their former Guantanamo detainees.

Earlier this month, U.S. authorities released Mr. Khalid, Mr. Ben Mustafa and a third detainee, Mustaq Ali Patel, from the Guantanamo prison.

U.S.forces captured the three in Afghanistan in late 2001.

Some information for this story provided by AFP and AP.

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