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US Department of Defense announces repatriation of Guantanamo Bay prisoner to Algeria

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The US Division of Protection (DOD) Thursday announced the switch of Mentioned bin Brahim bin Umran Bakush, a prisoner held at Guantanamo Bay, to Algeria. Along with his switch, 30 detainees stay at Guantanamo Bay.

In a press release, the DOD introduced that Guantanamo’s Periodic Evaluate Board (PRB) decided it was “not mandatory” to carry Bakush to stop a “vital menace to the nationwide safety of the US.” The US will coordinate Bakush’s launch with the federal government of Algeria to make sure really useful monitoring, journey restrictions and continued data sharing are applied.

Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin first notified Congress of the DOD’s intent to repatriate Bakush to Algeria on February 21. For the reason that starting of the yr, the DOD has launched four different detainees from Guantanamo.

In line with Bakush’s Guantanamo detainee profile from 2016, US authorities detained Bakush in 2022 beneath suspicion that he served in an Afghan extremist group. Bakush beforehand informed US authorities he didn’t wish to return to Algeria, even going as far as to lie about his nationality, as a result of he “feared authorities would instantly arrest him.” In his 2016 listening to earlier than the board, the PRB denied Bakush’s launch, citing “a unbroken menace to the safety of the US.”

With Bakush’s launch, 30 detainees now stay in US custody at Guantanamo Bay. Of these 30, 16 are eligible for switch, and three are eligible for appearances earlier than the PRB. One other 9 are concerned in Bush administration period proceedings for overseas terrorism suspects–generally known as military commissions–with a further two detainees already convicted by the identical navy commissions.

A latest report from the UN Human Rights Council described the situations at Guantanamo Bay as “worrying” and referred to as for its instant closure. US President Joe Biden announced the closure of Guantanamo Bay in February 2021. Since then, nevertheless, the Biden administration has introduced no additional plans on closing the detention facility.

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