Ex-Gitmo inmates cite WikiLeaks in French trial

Associated Press
FILE - This is a July 3, 2006 file photo of defendant Khaled ben Mustafa as he arrives at the Paris courthouse where six French men who were held at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay go on trial for suspected links to terrorism. Frenchmen imprisoned at the Guantanamo prison camp are using documents released by WikiLeaks in their defense in an appeals trial that started in Paris, Thursday Jan.20, 2011.(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

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Lawyers for ex-inmates of the Guantanamo prison camp have used documents released by WikiLeaks to argue for their acquittal in a French terrorism trial.

Five Frenchmen held at the prison were acquitted by a French court of terrorism charges in 2009, but a new trial was ordered.

As that trial opened Thursday, defense lawyers presented at least three U.S. diplomatic cables citing French anti-terrorist investigators.

They argued that it was inappropriate for French investigators to have discussed the ex-inmates' cases with American authorities.

The prosecutor dismissed the argument and urged the court to sentence the five to prison.

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