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US releases Saudi engineer from Guantanamo after 21 years

March 9, 2023 at 7:18 pm

Demonstrators dressed in Guantanamo Bay prisoner uniforms march past Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 9, 2020, [BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images]

The United States has released a Saudi Arabian engineer who was imprisoned for more than 20 years at Guantanamo Bay military prison, Al Jazeera reports.

According to the report, the US Department of Defence said that Ghassan Al Sharbi, 48, was returned to Saudi Arabia after a review board determined, in February 2022, that his detention “was no longer necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the national security of the United States”.

The Pentagon’s Periodic Review Board reported in 2022 that Al Sharbi had no leadership or facilitator position in Al-Qaeda.

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