Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Algerian prisoner at Guantanamo Bay gets released

The Pentagon has reported that an Algerian man who has been held at the Guantanamo Bay military jail for over 20 years has been repatriated, more than five years after his release was first scheduled. After two decades in prison, the US Department of Defense has determined that Sufiyan Barhoumi is no longer a threat to US national security.

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Sufiyan Barhoumi was first suspected of being an Al Qaeda teacher who taught Saudi terrorists how to make remotely detonated bomb devices.

The Pentagon, on the other hand, withdrew all accusations in 2008.

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The US Department of Defense stated in a statement on Saturday that in 2016, a review board found that Mr. Barhoumi’s “law of war detention was no longer necessary to defend against a continuing serious danger to the national security of the United States.”

However, a Trump administration policy essentially halted most of these transfers.

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Where is Guantanamo Bay?

The Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, which spans 116 square kilometres (45 square miles) on Cuba’s eastern coast, has been under US authority since the end of the 19th century. The base is a heated issue between the United States and Cuba. For decades, Cuba has demanded that the United States return the area it seized by force in 1898 and then permanently leased from Cuba’s first president, Tomas Estrada Palma, in 1903.

The prison complex, which began as a temporary detention facility known as “Camp X-Ray” in 2002, today includes seven detention camps that are labelled according to the sequence in which they were created. All remaining detainees, according to the US military, are housed in camps five and six.



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