The New York Times in the US and the Guardian in the UK have put on the table an extraordinary set of leaked Guantánamo bay military prison documents they say are not from Wikileaks. The publication of the files on the prisoners have prompted a stiff criticism from the US government, which appears to believe [...]
Jurors in New York City, USA, convicted Ahmed Ghailani of conspiracy to blow up US government buildings. The charges were related to the Al Qaeda attacks of two US embassies in 1998. Ghailani was acquitted on more than 280 other charges. He is the only detainee transferred from Guantanamo Bay for trial since the US [...]
Omar Khadr, a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, has pleaded guilty to charges of murder, terrorism and war crimes in exchange for serving out the rest of his sentence in Canada, in one year’s time. The youngest Guantanamo inmate, Khadr was detained in Afghanistan when he was 15 years old after killing a US soldier. Long [...]
Two brothers, accepted on humanitarian grounds, will settle in canton Jura Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Swiss federal and Jura cantonal governments have agreed that Jura should accept two more inmates from the US Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, Bern announced Wednesday 3 February. Geneva in January announced it had welcomed Switzerland’s first such prisoner. [...]
Update 27 January Washington, DC / Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The US Justice Department has handed over to the Geneva and Swiss governments a man of Uzbek nationality who was detained at Guantanamo Bay, Washington announced Tuesday 26 January. It thanked the canton and Switzerland for their efforts to help the US close the detention [...]
A top US intelligence offical has told the NY Times that a former Yemeni detaine at Guantanamo Bay was released to Saudi Arabia, put through a rehabilitation programme – and he has has now surfaced as part of a Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda. Saudi Arabia disagrees.
Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland has told US President Barack Obama it welcomes his intention to close Guantanamo Bay prison as soon as possible. it is willing to consider taking some of the detainees as refugees, the cabinet’s statement said. According to the BBC, virtually no governments have come forward, offering to take the 120 [...]
US Scretary of Defense Robert Gates, who will keep his job when Barack Obama becomes president in January 2009, has asked his staff to draw up plans to close Guantanamo Bay and move the 200-plus prisoners there, the Pentagon announced Thursday. BBC, Pentagon press release