6 GITMO DETAINEES TRANSFERRED TO OMAN
Six Yemeni prisoners held for years at Guantanamo Bay detention centre have been transferred, on Friday 06/12/2015, to Oman, the USA says. The six are Idris Ahmad Abd Al Qadir Idris, Sharaf Ahmad Muhammad Masud, Jalal Salam Awad Awad, Saad Nasser Moqbil Al Azani, Emad Abdallah Hassan and Muhammad Ali Salem Al Zarnuki. The departures from the prison in Cuba were the first for six months. The latest transfers bring the number of detainees in Guantanamo to 116.
The men had been cleared to leave for years, but could not be sent back to Yemen because of the country’s turmoil. Congress has barred transfers to the US mainland, so the only option left for the authorities is to send prisoners to third countries.
It is the second transfer of Guantanamo prisoners this year, after the Pentagon announced in January that four men had been moved to Oman and one to Estonia.
Emad Abdullah Hassan has held repeated hunger strikes in protest against his confinement without charge since 2002. In 2014 14 detainees were transferred out Guantanamo.
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