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US Frees Guantanamo Prisoner Who Was Tortured at CIA Sites

Majid Khan, a former al-Qaeda courier, is moved to Belize

(Newser) - US military officials said Thursday they released and sent to Belize a onetime al-Qaeda courier who had completed his sentence. The transfer of Majid Khan ended an imprisonment that included torture at clandestine CIA sites and 16 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Khan, a Pakistani citizen who grew...

Gitmo's Oldest Prisoner Goes Home
Gitmo's
Oldest
Prisoner
Goes Home

Gitmo's Oldest Prisoner Goes Home

Saifullah Paracha, 75, was held for 2 decades though never charged

(Newser) - Saifullah Paracha no longer has the distinction of being the oldest prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. The US has released the 75-year-old back to his native Pakistan, reports NBC News . The former businessman had been held for 20 years by the US on suspicion of ties to al-Qaeda leaders including...

Gitmo 'Forever Prisoner' Cleared for Release

Khalid Ahmed Qasim was held for more than 20 years without being charged

(Newser) - Khalid Ahmed Qasim, aka Prisoner 242, has been cleared for release after spending almost half his life detained without charge at Guantanamo Bay. Human rights organization Reprieve says the 45-year-old Yemeni national was taken into custody in Afghanistan in Dec. 2001 and brought to the American base in May 2002,...

Alleged 9/11 Plotters Present List of Demands

It's part of plea agreement talks as their cases drag on in military court

(Newser) - Possible plea agreements could include life sentences for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four alleged accomplices if they were to admit to carrying out the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Plea agreement negotiations are unfolding at Guantanamo Bay, with defendants pushing to have execution taken off the table, the New York Times...

After 20 Years, Suspected '20th Hijacker' Leaves Gitmo

Mohammad Ahmad al-Qahtani has been flown back to Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - A Saudi prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center who was suspected of trying to join the 9/11 hijackers has been sent back to his home country for treatment for mental illness, the Department of Defense said Monday. Mohammad Ahmad al-Qahtani was flown to Saudi Arabia, to a treatment facility,...

Officers on Gitmo Jury Slam Torture, Recommend Clemency

They call treatment of Majid Khan 'a stain on the moral fiber of America'

(Newser) - After a two-day sentencing hearing at Guantanamo Bay, a military jury sentenced former al-Qaeda operative Majid Khan to 26 years Friday—but seven of the eight jurors took the unusual step of writing a letter to a senior official urging clemency. The military officers, who had been required to sentence...

Gitmo Inmate Describes Years of Abuse at CIA Sites

'I thought I was going to die,' Majid Khan says

(Newser) - A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who went through the brutal US government interrogation program after the 9/11 attacks described it openly for the first time Thursday, saying he was left terrified and hallucinating from techniques that the CIA long sought to keep secret. Majid Khan, a former resident of the Baltimore...

3 Held at Gitmo for 15 Years Set to Get First Day in Court

They're accused in the deadly 2002 Bali nightclub bombings and other plots

(Newser) - Three prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are expected to get their first day in court after being held for 18 years in connection with the deadly 2002 Bali nightclub bombings and other plots in Southeast Asia. The AP explains:
  • Who. Indonesian prisoner Encep Nurjaman, known as Hambali, and two Malaysians he
...

Number of Guantanamo Detainees Drops to 39

Abdul Latif Nasir is repatriated to Morocco

(Newser) - The detainee population at Guantanamo Bay has dropped from 40 to 39, marking just the second transfer since former President Obama left office. Abdul Latif Nasir's transfer was cleared in 2016 under that administration, but the Washington Post reports he was one of five such readied transfers that weren'...

Lawyers: Don't Force-Feed 9/11 Suspect in Gitmo

Ramzi bin al-Shibh, on hunger strike, wants out of isolation

(Newser) - Defense lawyers are trying to block any attempt to force-feed a Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of conspiring in the 9/11 attacks, who has stopped eating in protest of his placement in isolation, according to the New York Times . In a legal filing, lawyers say 49-year-old Ramzi bin al-Shibh has been...

Military Judge Allows Info Obtained During Torture

Law expert says it's a break with rules set by Congress

(Newser) - When Congress laid out rules for military tribunals, it decreed that "no statement obtained by the use of torture or by cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, whether or not under color of law, shall be admissible in a military commission." But in what may be a first, a...

Oldest Guantanamo Prisoner Gets Good News

He's been approved for release, though it's not clear when it might happen

(Newser) - A 73-year-old from Pakistan who is the oldest prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center was notified on Monday that he has been approved for release after more than 16 years in custody at the US base in Cuba, his lawyer said. Saifullah Paracha, who has been held on suspicion...

Once-Secret Guantanamo Prison Unit Is Closed

Prisoners moved to another facility on the base

(Newser) - A once-secret unit within the Guantanamo Bay detention center that had fallen into disrepair has been closed and the prisoners moved to another facility on the American base in Cuba, the US military said Sunday. The prisoners at Camp 7 were transferred to a facility adjacent to where the other...

Pentagon Fires Gitmo Commander
Pentagon Fires
Gitmo Commander

Pentagon Fires Gitmo Commander

John Ring is out soon after hosting controversial media visit at Guantanamo

(Newser) - Gitmo is getting a new commander, earlier than expected. The Pentagon has fired Navy Rear Adm. John Ring, citing a "loss of confidence in his ability" to lead, reports the New York Times . Ring had been scheduled to rotate out of the job anyway in June, but he already...

Former Guantanamo Detainee Now Sells Pastries
Ex-Gitmo Detainee 
Gets Sweet Deal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Gets Sweet Deal

Ahmed Ahjam now runs a stall selling Arabic treats in Montevideo, Uruguay

(Newser) - A bit of sweetness has entered the life of at least one of the men formerly held at the US Guantanamo Bay prison camp. Ahmed Ahjam opened a small stall selling Arabic pastries Monday at a public market in the Uruguayan capital, passing out free samples of cellophane-wrapped ma'amul...

Gitmo Prisoner: US Is Now 'Starving Me to Death'

Disturbing column comes amid reports officials have stopped force-feeding hunger-strikers

(Newser) - Multiple sources tell the New York Times that officials at Guantanamo Bay have started waiting longer before force-feeding hunger-striking prisoners, allowing their physical condition to deteriorate past the point that previously would have resulted in intervention. Per information received from detainees' lawyers, the Times says the change was implemented around...

Canada to Pay Millions to Former Gitmo Detainee

Country will offer apology to Omar Khadr

(Newser) - The Canadian government is going to apologize and give millions to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15, with Canada's Supreme Court later ruling that officials had interrogated him under "oppressive circumstances." An official familiar...

Gitmo 'Guinea Pig' to Describe 'Unspeakable Torture'

Abu Zubaydah expected to testify next week

(Newser) - The Guantanamo detainee known as the CIA's "guinea pig" for its post-9/11 interrogation program is going to testify on his brutal treatment for the first time later this month, his lawyer says. Abu Zubaydah, an alleged al-Qaeda member who was captured in Pakistan in 2002 but has never...

4 More Gitmo Inmates Released
4 More Gitmo Inmates Released

4 More Gitmo Inmates Released

'Final push' continues despite Trump plea

(Newser) - The Pentagon says four Guantanamo prisoners have been released and sent to Saudi Arabia, part of a final push by President Obama to reduce the population at the detention center in the final weeks of his administration. The four are from Yemen, and each had been held at Guantanamo for...

Obama's Single Largest Gitmo Release Just Happened

15 prisoners transferred to the UAE

(Newser) - Fifteen prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center were sent to the United Arab Emirates in the single largest release of detainees during the Obama administration, the Pentagon announced Monday. The transfer of 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans to the UAE comes amid a renewed push to whittle down...

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