Monday, April 4, 2011

A Libyan rebel leader was imprisoned in Guantanamo

London. .- A senior military commander of the rebels fighting the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi was incarcerated at the U.S. detention center at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, said Monday the British newspaper The Telegraph. Rebel fighters recruited in the port city of Derna, on the east, are receiving military training Sufyan bin Qumu, a Libyan who was arrested after the U.S.

invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001 and spent six years imprisoned in Guantanamo . Qumu, a veteran Libyan aged 51, was accused by the U.S. government having worked as a truck driver for a company belonging to the leader of Al Qaeda, Usama bin Laden, and collaborating with a charity allegedly linked with terrorist groups.

Besides, according to the London newspaper, another rebel commander from Derna Libya, Abdel Hakim al Hasidic, was also captured after the invasion of Afghanistan and delivered two months later to the authorities of Gaddafi. Both were released in Libya in 2008 as part of the process of reconciliation with the Islamists.

However, Al Hasidic, which trains about 300 rebel fighters in Derna, recently stated that his opinion about the United States has changed considerably: "The Americans have started to redeem himself for past mistakes by helping to defend our children," said . He also assured that in Libya there is "no Islamic revolution."

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