U.S. Halts Transfer of Gitmo Prisoners to Yemen
Posted on Jan 5, 2010
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the U.S. government has decided that now is not the best time to transfer Yemeni detainees back to their homeland from Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba. More than 80 Yemeni prisoners—almost half of the entire group at Gitmo—will stay put for the time being, as the situation between the U.S. and Yemen remains tense. —KA
Officials fear many could re-join militant groups if sent back to Yemen.
“While we remain committed to closing the facility, the determination has been made that right now, any additional transfers to Yemen are not a good idea,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.
It was alleged last week that the [Christmas Day airline] bomb plot was planned by two men released by the US from Guantanamo Bay in November 2007.
AP / Brennan Linsley, pool
Sunset at Gitmo: Yemeni prisoners will have to prolong their stay at Guantánamo Bay, according to U.S. officials.