Former Guantanamo detainee from Russia arrested for links to Istanbul attack

Former Guantanamo detainee from Russia arrested for links to Istanbul attack

A former detainee at the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay was one of the 30 suspects arrested on July 5 over links to the Istanbul Atatürk Airport attack which killed 47 people and wounded hundreds, Voice of America reported. 

Airat Vakhitov, who was locked up at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for two years after being captured alongside Taliban militants in Afghanistan in 2001, was handed over to Russia in 2004 along with six other Russian citizens. 

The suspect was released by a Russian court in 2004 after the prosecution failed to provide material evidence of his alleged terrorist activities. 

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