Six prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base have been returned to their home countries—four to Tunisia and two to Yemen—the AP reports. One detainee's lawyer opposed the transfer on the grounds that he may face abuse for nonviolent political activism.
Abdullah bin Omar, a Tunisian who has been held at Gitmo since 2002 without being charged, was sentenced in absentia to 23 years in prison in Tunisia for belonging to a banned political party. To avoid persecution, Omar had fled to Pakistan, where he was captured by the US. His lawyer attempted unsuccessfully to delay the move.