Guantanamo death brings new calls to close prison

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The US marked the 11th anniversary of 9/11 Monday  but little mention was made in US media of the death over the weekend, mostly likely but not for certain by suicide, of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif. Latif was a 32-year-old from Al Udayn, Yemen who is said by his lawyer to have been suicidal and mentally ill for some time. A US judge ruled that he should be returned to his homeland but the US Supreme Court ended legal wrangling in June 2012 with a decision that the prisoner, who has been held since 2002 without charges, should remain at Guantanamo.

Only six of the 167 detainees remaining at the prison are actively charged, with legal proceedings underway. Nine of the prisoners have died since the centre was opened, reports the Miami Herald.

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