GITMO INMATE, AL-SHAMRANI, SENT BACK TO SAUDIA
A Guantanamo Bay inmate, Muhammed Abd Al Rahman Awn Al-Shamrani, 40. has been repatriated to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon announced Monday 01/11/2016, bringing the remote military prison’s remaining population down to 103.
Muhammed Awn Al-Shamrani had spent 14 years in Guantanamo, where he was held without trial and was suspected of being an Al-Qaeda member who “possibly” worked as Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard, according to his leaked prisoner file.
Muhammed Awn Al-Shamrani will participate in Saudi Arabia’s reintegration and rehabilitation program, which includes support from family members.
Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross confirmed Muhammed Awn Al-Shamrani had arrived in Saudi Arabia earlier Monday.
Of the 103 remaining inmates, 44 have been approved for transfer, and the Pentagon is trying to find countries to take them.
Many are from Yemen and cannot go back, given its collapse into civil war.
Muhammed Awn Al-Shamrani had on previous occasions been deemed a potential ongoing threat to the United States.
“If released without rehabilitation, close supervision, and means to successfully reintegrate into his society as a law-abiding citizen, it is assessed detainee would immediately seek out prior associates and reengage in hostilities and extremist support activities at home and abroad,” his October 2008 prisoner file states.
In 07/2015 his lawyer Martha Rayner told a military hearing that Al-Shimrani’s family had pledged to give him broad support.
“They will provide him with a home, support in establishing employment and beginning a family of his own,” she wrote.
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