5 Guantanamo Bay terrorists released to UAE
With Congress pushing stricter restrictions on prisoner transfers, the Pentagon this weekend released five Yemenis from the prison camps at Guantánamo to resettle in the United Arab Emirates, an Arabian Gulf nation. None of the captives had ever been charged with a crime.
The transfer, conducted on Friday night but disclosed Sunday afternoon, left 107 captives at Guantánamo — 48 of whom are cleared for release once diplomats negotiate security assurances that satisfy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.
A Pentagon spokesman, Cmdr. Gary Ross, said Sunday night that the five men left the base after the terrorists attacks in Paris.
Three of the freed terrorists were approved for transfer during the Bush years, including Adil al Busayss, 42, whom the prison recommended be sent to a third-country lockup in 2004, according to files provided to McClatchy Newspapers by the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks.
The other two were identified as Khalid al Qadasi, 46, and Suleiman al Nahdi, 40. They were approved for release during the Bush administration in 2007 and 2008, but as Yemenis they could not be sent home.
A fourth detainee, Ali al Razihi, 36, got to the prison in southeast Cuba on Jan. 11, 2002, the day Camp X-Ray opened. He was held for a period as a “forever prisoner” — a suspected Osama bin Laden bodyguard — but a federal national security parole board cleared him for release in April 2014, without resolving the bodyguard question.