Lawyers for four British citizens freed from a U.S. military prison and re-arrested in Britain say their clients are innocent and must be released.
Police immediately arrested the four (Ruhal Ahmed, Tarek Dergoul, Asif Iqbal, and Shafiq Rasul) when they returned to London Tuesday after spending more than two years in prison at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Prosecutors have 14 days to question them and decide if there is enough evidence to try them for terrorism. British officials briefly questioned a fifth Briton Tuesday (Jamal al-Harith) and freed him without charge.
A lawyer for one of the men says there is no basis for holding his client under Britain's anti-terrorism act. The attorney also complained that police have deprived his client of sleep. Another person who has seen the prisoner says he is is having trouble walking.
The five men left Guantanamo after Britain promised the Pentagon it will ensure they will no longer pose a security risk.
About 650 prisoners, including four other Britons, are being held at Guantanamo as "enemy combatants" because of suspected ties to al-Qaida or the Taleban. Most of them were arrested in Afghanistan.
The European Parliament called on the United States Wednesday to charge the prisoners or release them.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.