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US repatriates Guantanamo Bay prisoner to Afghanistan after 15 years

Federal court rules US no longer has legal basis to detain Asadullah Haroon al-Afghani

Servet Gunerigok   | 24.06.2022
US repatriates Guantanamo Bay prisoner to Afghanistan after 15 years

WASHINGTON

The US on Friday repatriated a Guantanamo Bay prisoner to his home country of Afghanistan after a federal court ruled the US no longer has a legal basis to detain him.

The Pentagon announced the transfer of Asadullah Haroon al-Afghani from Guantanamo Bay prison after the US District Court of Columbia's ruling that there was no longer any legal basis to justify his continued detention.

Al-Afghani, also known as Gul, was not charged with any war crimes and held for 15 years without a trial.

"Previously, on October 7, 2021 the Periodic Review Board (PRB), a body comprised of senior career officials from the Departments of Defense, State, Justice, and Homeland Security; and the offices of the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; determined Mr. Gul to be eligible for transfer," said Pentagon in a statement.

"The United States thanks the Government of Qatar for its assistance in this matter," it added.

The infamous detention facility opened under former President George W. Bush in January 2002 after the 9/11 terror attacks.

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