Yemen Doc Cleared to Leave Gitmo After 7 Years

Justice Department clears detainee for transfer to unknown country
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2009 4:38 AM CDT
A member of the US military stands watch in a guard tower along the fence line of Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A Yemeni doctor held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002 has been cleared for transfer abroad as part of the administration's review of prisoner cases, reports CNN. Justice Department officials say the hard part now will be to find a country willing to take him. The Bush administration once claimed the physician had taken part in an anthrax program of Al Qaeda, but he was never charged with any crime. Federal attorneys filed a motion to halt all legal proceedings against him yesterday.