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U.S. releases Guantanamo prisoner

U.S. releases Guantanamo prisoner

A 21-year-old citizen of Chad who has been held for seven years at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba must be released, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said the government had not proven that Mohamed el Gharani was an enemy combatant and said the detainee must be released and sent home soon.
Leon's ruling comes just before President-elect Barack Obama, who has vowed to close the prison camp, takes office on Tuesday. Over the past month federal judges in Washington have been moving ahead with case-by-case reviews of about 200 detainee legal challenges.
Gharani, also known as Yousuf Al Karany, was arrested in Pakistan in 2001 and taken to Guantanamo Bay in early 2002.
The U.S. government had said that Gharani - who was 14 when he was arrested - had stayed in an al-Qaeda-affiliated guest house in Afghanistan, had fought in the battle of Tora Bora, had served as a courier for senior al-Qaeda operatives and was a member of a London-based al-Qaeda cell.
But Leon said the government could not prove any of the allegations. He said they relied mainly on information from two other detainees at Guantanamo Bay whose reliability and credibility was questionable.


Updated : 2021-07-31 01:13 GMT+08:00