The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Ahmed Adnan Ahjam, Ali Hussain Shaabaan, Omar Mahmoud Faraj, Abdul Bin Mohammed Abis Ourgy, Mohammed Tahanmatan, and Jihad Diyab from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Uruguay.
As directed by the president’s Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these men were unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising the task force.
In accordance with statutory requirements, the secretary of defense informed Congress of the United States’ intent to transfer these individuals and of his determination that this transfer meets the statutory standard.
The United States is grateful to the Government of Uruguay for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of Uruguay to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.
Today, 136 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.
A view of one of the guard towers at Guantanamo Bay naval station. The towers are manned by Ground Defense Force personnel from the station’s Marine Barracks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The attached pdf has one-page Biographies of all the remaining detainees at Gitmo.
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Breaking News Alert: Guantanamo Bay detainee acquitted of all but one of 285 counts
November 17, 2010 6:17:17 PM
Ahmed Ghailani, the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to face criminal charges in a civilian court, was acquitted Wednesday of all but one of the 285 counts against him.
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DOD Announces Sentence for Detainee Omar Khadr The Department of Defense announced today that a military commission sentenced Omar Khadr to 40 years in confinement after he pleaded guilty to murder in violation of the law of war, attempted murder in violation of the law of war, conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism, and spying. A pre-sentencing hearing took place in a military commission courtroom at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. During his Oct. 25 guilty plea, Khadr admitted to throwing a grenade that killed Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer after a firefight between Khadr and his associates and coalition forces. Khadr admitted that prior to and during the firefight, he had the opportunity to safely leave but chose to stay and fight against the American and coalition forces. He admitted building and planting ten landmines, intending to kill as many Americans as possible. Prosecutors presented evidence that Khadr received training at al Qaeda terrorist camps and assisted al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Prosecutors also called Speer’s widow, Tabitha Speer, giving her the opportunity to address the commission. She explained the effect the murder of her husband had on her and their two children, who were 3 years old and 9 months old at the time of Speer’s death. The defense presented evidence from a dean at Kings University College, in Edmonton, Canada, asserting that upon his release, Khadr will likely be admitted to that college at no cost to him. Khadr also provided an unsworn statement, not subject to cross-examination, in which he accepted responsibility for his acts, and stated he was sorry for the pain he caused Speer’s widow. Khadr was sentenced to 40 years by a panel of military officers, known as “members” — the equivalent of a jury in civilian courts. Under the rules provided by the Manual for Military Commissions, Khadr will not receive credit for the time (more than eight years) that he spent in law of war detention before his conviction. Khadr’s sentence is limited by the terms of his plea agreement to eight years confinement, but he receives the benefit of whichever is less — the adjudged sentence or the eight-year sentence limitation. Consistent with the terms of Khadr’s plea agreement, the governments of Canada and the United States exchanged notes reflecting that both would support Khadr’s transfer to Canadian custody to serve the remainder of his approved sentence after he serves one year in U.S. custody. After the military commission adjourns, the Office of Military Commissions finalizes the record of trial. The military judge and counsel from both sides then review the record to ensure it is accurate, after which it will be sent to the Convening Authority for Military Commissions. The Convening Authority may reduce, but not increase, Khadr’s sentence. He may also set aside the findings with respect to any charge. After reviewing the record, the Convening Authority will take final action on the findings and sentence, announcing the sentence that Khadr will serve. U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) On the Web: http://www.defense.gov/releases/ Media Contact: +1 (703) 697-5131/697-5132 Public Contact: http://www.defense.gov/landing/questions.aspx or +1 (703) 428-0711 +1 Update your subscriptions, modify your password or e-mail address, or stop subscriptions at any time on your User Profile Page. You will need to use your e-mail address to log in. If you have questions or problems with the subscription service, please e-mail email@example.com. GovDelivery, Inc. sending on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense • 408 St. Peter Street Suite 600 • St. Paul, MN 55102 • 1-800-439-1420