Mark Two Decades of Guantanamo Prison, United States Frees Five Prisoners

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta -The United States has approved the release of five detainees from the Gulf military detention facility Guantanamo, Because.

As reported CNN on Thursday 13 January 2022, the decision was taken as the prison marks 20 years this week since it opened under President George W. Bush, months after the September 11, 2011 attacks.

The five detainees have been in the facility for a decade. Documents posted online by the US Department of Defense this week showed three of the five detainees were from Yemen, one from Somalia and the other from Kenya.

The Pentagon’s Periodic Review Board found that the five men did not present, or no longer present, a threat to the United States.

They are Guleed Hassan Ahmed (also called Guled Hassan Duran) from Somalia; Mohammed Abdul Malik Bajabu from Kenya; and Omar Muhammad Ali al-Rammah, Moath Hamza al-Alwi, and Suhayl al-Sharabi from Yemen.

Hassan Duran, according to his lawyer, will be the first detainee brought to Guantanamo from a CIA black site, recommended for release. New York Times reported on Tuesday local time.

The three Yemenis have been detained at Guantanamo since the early 2000s. Al-Rammah has been detained at Guantanamo since May 2003 and is accused of “facilitating for al-Qa’ida-affiliated extremist groups in the late 1990s,” according to a Ministry of Defense document. United States of America. While Al Sharabi and al-Alwi have been at Guantanamo since 2002.

Of the 39 detainees currently being held at US facilities in Cuba, 18 have been approved for release, following case reviews in November and December. The 18 men have not been charged with a crime.

But like everyone else who was approved for release, they can’t leave the prison right away Guantanamo. Because Washington is seeking arrangements with the detainees’ home countries, or other countries, to receive them. Currently, the United States will not repatriate Yemenis due to the country’s civil war, or Somalis, whose homeland is also mired in conflict.

Also read: The Controversial Guantanamo Bay Prison

SOURCE: CNN

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