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With the Release of Gilad Shalit and Palestinians, A Look at Famous Prisoners
Thursday, October 20th, 2011

After five years and four months as a captive of Hamas in Gaza, the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been freed. About 1,000 Palestinian prisoners were set to be released in the deal — about half have already been let go. 

Read More: Gilad Shalit, an Israeli captive of Hamas, is set free

That got us thinking about other famous prisoners who have made the news. On our shortlist: Saddam Hussein, Amanda Knox, Troy Davis, Aung San Suu Kyi, Julian Assange, to start.

Check out these famous prisoners. 


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In this handout photo provided by the Israeli Defence Force, freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit walks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak at Tel Nof Airbase in central Israel. Oct. 18, 2011.

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Israelis react after seeing the first images of Israeli Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit on TV following his release in Mitzpe Hila, Israel. Oct. 18, 2011.

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Supporters dismantle parts of a protest tent calling for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Jerusalem, Israel.

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A helicopter transporting Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and his family lands at their home town of Mitzpe Hila following a landmark deal with Hamas which freed Gilad after five years of captivity. Oct. 18, 2011.

(JACK GUEZ - AFP/Getty Images)
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Relatives of Palestinian prisoner Haled Muhasen hold a picture of Haled as they await news of Palestinian prisoners due to be released in a prisoner exchange deal, in east Jerusalem, Israel. Oct. 17, 2011.

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A Palestinian woman looks at a banner bearing names and photos of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails in front of the International Red Cross building in East Jerusalem. Oct. 12, 2011.

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Palestinian prisoners cross to the southern Gaza Strip from the Egyptian side of the Rafah border. Oct. 18, 2011.

(MAHMUD HAMS - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Palestinian man wearing a t-shirt displaying an image of Ammer Kavasme stands near a checkpoint as people wait for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons next to Bitunian checkpoint in Ramallah, West Bank. Oct. 18, 2011.

(Ilia Yefimovich - AFP/Getty Images)
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gestures inside a prison van with red windows as he arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, England. Dec. 16, 2010.

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A woman holding a portait of Myanmar detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi takes part in a demonstration to ask for Suu Kyi's immediate release, in Paris. Aug. 8, 2009. The protest marked the 21st anniversary of the 1988 pro-democracy uprising which ended in a massacre by Myanmar government troops. The 1988 uprising made Suu Kyi a national hero, but the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been locked up for nearly 14 of the past 19 years.

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Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi poses for a portrait at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon in Yangon, Myanmar. Dec. 8, 2010. On the evening of Nov. 13 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest.

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Protesters portray detainees at Guantanamo Bay and hold photos purported to be among those the Obama administration is refusing to make public in New York's Grand Central Terminal. May 28, 2009.

(STAN HONDA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is led in shackles into an Iraqi courtroom in Baghdad, Iraq, to listen to a list of charges against him and 11 of his top lieutenants. July 1, 2004. The photo has been digitally manipulated under order of the U.S. military.

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Amanda Knox is led away from Perugia's Court of Appeal by police officers after the first session of her appeal against her murder conviction in Perugia, Italy. Nov. 24, 2010. Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito won the appeal against the conviction in 2009 of killing their British roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy in 2007. The pair had served nearly four years in jail after initially being sentenced to 26 and 25 years respectively.

(Oli Scarff - AFP/Getty Images)
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African National Congress marshall wearing a Mandela T-shirt raises her fist at Orlando stadium in Soweto, where thousands of ANC supporters wait for anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress member Nelson Mandela before he addresses his first rally since his release from jail. 13 Feb. 1990.

(ALEXANDER JOE - AFP/Getty Images)
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Jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky talks to his lawyer through the bullet-proof glass defendents' cage at a Moscow court on March 31, 2009. A Moscow court on Dec. 30, 2010 sentenced Khodorkovsky to 14 years in jail in his second fraud trial, a verdict slammed as cruel and absurd by rights activists.

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Inmates perform to the late U.S. pop icon Michael Jackson's song "Billie Jean" at a tribute to mark the first anniversary of the King of Pop's death at Cebu provincial jail in central Philippines. June 26, 2010.

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Outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei speaks to reporters outside his studio in Beijing. June 23, 2011. Human-rights groups and Western officials welcomed the release on bail of Ai Weiwei but voiced dismay about the conditions and urged Beijing to free other activists.

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The plane enters Hangar 25 with journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee in Burbank, California after being released by North Korean authorities yesterday. Aug. 5, 2009. Ling and Lee, of San Francisco based Current TV, were both arrested by North Korea in March for illegally entering the country on the Chinese border. They were pardoned by President Kim Jong-Il after a meeting with former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

(Kevork Djansezian - AFP/Getty Images)
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Journalist Laura Ling speaks in front of Euna Lee, former Vice President Al Gore and former President Bill Clinton after Ling and Euna Lee arrive at Hangar 25 on in Burbank, California. Aug 5, 2009.

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Student protestors from Howard University wait outside the White House in Washington, DC for news on the planned execution of Troy Davis, the Georgia death-row inmate whose contention of innocence drew global attention. September 21, 2011. Davis was convicted and executed for the Aug. 19, 1989, murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, Georgia.

(PAUL J. RICHARDS - AFP/Getty Images)
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Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi boards a plane after arriving from Greenock Prison in Glasgow, Scotland. Aug. 20, 2009. Abdelbaset ali al-Megrahi had been serving a life sentence for the 1988 Pan-AM flight 103 Lockerbie bombing, which killed 270 people. Megrahi, who is terminally ill with prostate cancer, served eight years of a life sentence.

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A supporter of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto kisses a poster of the leader at a campaign rally in Bhara Kahu near Islamabad, Pakistan. Feb. 16, 2008. After the overthrow of her father and elected Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his socialist-democratic government Benazir Bhutto spent eighteen months in and out of house arrest.

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