He was sentence to 12-year prison term in Tunisia for some involvement with "Front Islamique de Tunisie" in the 1990s but was freed from prison in Tunisia early 2011 “as part of a promise by the interim government to free all political prisoners.”
Combatant Status Review Tribunal
Initially the Bush administration asserted that they could withhold all the protections of the Geneva Conventions to captives from the war on terror. This policy was challenged before the Judicial branch. Critics argued that the USA could not evade its obligation to conduct competent tribunals to determine whether captives are, or are not, entitled to the protections of prisoner of war status.