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Oldest Guantanamo detainee gets first parole hearing

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The oldest prisoner at Guantanamo is getting his first chance to plead for release after nearly 13 years in U.S. custody.
   Saifullah Paracha is a former businessman from Pakistan who authorities say provided financial and other assistance to al-Qaida. He was captured in Bangkok in 2003 and sent to the U.S. base in Cuba the following year. He was never charged.
   The 68-year-old appeared Tuesday before a government board for a procedure similar to a parole hearing. If the Periodic Review Board decides Paracha no longer poses a threat, he would be eligible for release.
   Attorney David Remes told the board Paracha has been a model prisoner who would return to his business and family in Pakistan if released.
   The board isn't expected to make an immediate decision.
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