U.S. Military Repatriates Saudi Engineer From Guantánamo Bay – Carol Rosenberg 3/8/23

Source: NYTimes.com

The U.S. military on Wednesday repatriated a U.S.-educated Saudi engineer who had been held for more than 20 years ‌at Guantánamo Bay under suspicion of having made bomb‌s for Al Qaeda, but ‌was never ‌brought to trial.

The transfer of the detainee, Ghassan Abdullah al-Sharbi, 48, was authorized in September by Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III after months of diplomatic efforts by the Biden administration but was then delayed for reasons U.S. officials declined to explain.

The repatriation reduced the detainee population at the U.S. military prison in Cuba to 31 men, 17 of whom are approved for resettlement or repatriation after security agreements are reached with countries willing to take them in….

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