Two Guantanamo detainees, a man with dual Chadian and Saudi nationalities and an Iraqi, have been transferred to Chad and Iraq, respectively. These were the seventh and eighth releases from the prison since President Barack Obama took office.
AFP - Two Guantanamo detainees, a young man with dual Chadian and Saudi nationalities and an Iraqi, were transferred to Chad and to Iraq respectively, the US Justice Department said Thursday.
Jawad Jabber Sadhkan arrived in Iraq overnight Wednesday to Thursday, while Mohammed al-Gharani arrived in Chad on Thursday, the department said in a statement.
These were the seventh and eighth releases from the controversial US Navy-run detention camp in southeastern Cuba since President Barack Obama entered the White House in January.
The camp was established in 2002 to house "war on terror" detainees by then president George W. Bush.
Arrested at the age of 14 years, al-Gharani was one of the youngest Guantanamo detainees. He was exonerated of all charges by a federal judge on January 14 after spending seven years at the camp.
"As our review of detainees continues, the support of the international community is critical to the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and the security of our country," said Matthew Olsen, Executive Director of the Guantanamo Review Task Force.
"We are grateful for the cooperation of the governments of Iraq and Chad and for their assistance on the successful transfer of these individuals," he said through a statement issued by the Justice Department.
Since 2002, more than 540 detainees have been transferred from Guantanamo to at least 30 countries, the Justice Department said.
Obama has vowed to shut the facility by January 2010.
Many of the inmates have already been cleared for release, but US officials are having difficulty finding countries that will take them in, and meeting resistance at home to housing them on US soil.
The tiny Pacific nation Palau agreed Wednesday to take in up to 17 Uighur Guantanamo detainees. The United States Thursday sent four Uighur men who had been held at the prison camp in Cuba to Bermuda.
Date created : 2009-06-12