Thursday, July 15, 2010
Mohammed Hassan Odaini Released from Guantánamo
Andy Worthington reports that Guantánamo prisoner Mohammed Hassan Odaini has finally been sent back to Yemen by the United States (Defense Department statement here). Detained in 2002 at the age of 18, known to be innocent of any charges of terrorism, and held illegally and without charge for the past five years (if not eight) by the Bush and Obama administrations, he now returns home at age 26. One... among others held without charge. It has been known since at least 2004 that only a dozen of the estimated 800 detainees held at Guantánamo since 2002 are actually Al Qaeda operatives. The Bush administration knowingly held innocent people for political reasons. 72% of detainees who have managed to gain due process have been found by federal judges to have been held illegally (see also).