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Review board weighs release of injured Guantanamo prisoner

Review board weighs whether to release Guantanamo prisoner from Libya with battle wounds

Review board weighs release of injured Guantanamo prisoner

MIAMI (AP) -- A Libyan prisoner at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has appeared before a review board deciding whether he can be released after nearly 13 years in custody.

Omar Khalif Abu Baker is one of four Libyans at Guantanamo. A U.S. assessment concluded he has ties to Osama bin Laden and "probably" fought against the Northern Alliance and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

His lawyer told the Periodic Review Board on Tuesday there is no evidence Khalif had any direct role in attacks on the U.S. He says prison is difficult for Khalif because of severe battle wounds. He lost part of a leg from a land mine, has shrapnel wounds and is blind in one eye.

The U.S. holds 116 prisoners at Guantanamo, including 51 cleared for release.


Updated : 2021-04-19 20:28 GMT+08:00