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    A Russian national suspected by US authorities of having fought for an al-Qaeda affiliate has asked to be released from the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, according to an official filing.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A personal representative and a counsel for Ravil Mingazov, who has been held at the prison for almost 14 years after his capture in Afghanistan, read out their statement on Tuesday before the Guantanamo Periodic Review Board.

    They both said that the 48-year-old ethnic Tatar was a non-violent man who no longer represented a "continuing significant threat to the United States."

    "Ravil's son, ex-wife and other in-laws currently live in the United Kingdom under political asylum and have written numerous letters pledging to support Ravil upon his release," his representative said at the court hearing.

    Mingazov has been detained in Guantanamo since 2002 without any charges pressed. He is suspected of links with extremist group Tatar Jamaat and al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic movement of Uzbekistan.


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