Bosnia-Herzegovina: Unlawful detention of six men from Bosnia-Herzegovina in Guantánamo Bay
On the night of 17 to 18 January 2002, Bosnian Federation police removed six Algerian men (Bensayah Belkacem, Hadj Boudellaa, Saber Lahmar, Mustafa Ait Idir, Boumediene Lakhdar and Mohamed Nechle), who had been living in Bosnia-Herzegovina, from Sarajevo prison and handed them over to US custody; they were subsequently transferred to Camp X-Ray located in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Amnesty International is extremely concerned that the six men are being arbitrarily detained. They face the possibility of trial before a special military commission in proceedings which Amnesty International believes would violate international standards guaranteeing the right to a fair trial. The organization is also concerned that they may face the possibility of the death penalty if they are eventually tried for a capital offence.