The New York Times quoted U.S. government officials and prisoner lawyers as saying that the Biden administration had approved the transfer of three other detainees who had been held at Guantanamo Bay for nearly 20 years.
According to News i, the decision to release these prisoners was finalized last week; But as the State Department is consulting with some countries to bring them back, the timing of their release is still unknown.
Saifullah Prache, 73, the oldest Guantanamo detainee, is one of them. He was arrested in 2003 for his links to al-Qaeda. His lawyer said his client received confirmation of his transfer from Guantanamo on Monday night. Othman Abdul Rahim Othman, 40, from Yemen, is the oldest Guantanamo detainee to be released. He was arrested in January 2002. Another detainee to leave Guantanamo is Abdul Rabbani, a 54-year-old Pakistani national who was transferred to the prison in 2002.
The three had previously been sentenced to six other Guantanamo detainees, but are still awaiting a country that will accept them. Thirty-one detainees have already left Guantanamo, bringing the total number of detainees transferred to 40.
According to the New York Times, some of these detainees have been waiting for a country to accept them, despite a transfer order, for about 10 years. The US government is seeking diplomatic and security coordination with other countries to continue the detention or trial of these detainees.
The administration of former President Donald Trump has transferred a prisoner from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia to serve the remaining nine years of his 13-year prison sentence.
Despite the closure of the Trump administration’s closure of Guantanamo Bay, his successor, Joe Biden, is trying to reverse the policies of former President Barack Obama’s administration, which ousted Biden for eight years.