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Lakhdar Boumediene's arrival in France

Lakhdar Boumediene’s arrival in France

Published on May 18, 2009
Statement by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesman

Paris, May 15, 2009

Lakhdar Boumediene arrived in France today from the Guantanamo detention centre.

France repeatedly called for the closure of the Guantanamo detention centre, and we applauded President Obama’s decision to do this. The question of accepting former Guantanamo detainees is the subject of European consultation. The decision to do so falls under the jurisdiction of each State. France will examine each individual request she receives on a case-by-case basis, taking into account its legal and security implications, and the existence of a connection with our country.

France’s acceptance of Lakhdar Boumediene, who has expressed the wish to be received by our country, where part of his family resides, falls within this framework. Court decisions in several countries, including the United States, which ordered his release, acknowledged him to be innocent of all charges pertaining to his participation in any terrorist activities.

We hope that Lakhdar Boumediene will now be able to resume a normal life after receiving the care that his state of health requires./.

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