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      <font size="1"><a href="https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/guantanamo-yemen-detainees-win-release-held-without-charge">https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/guantanamo-yemen-detainees-win-release-held-without-charge</a>
      
      </font><h1 class="gmail-reader-title">Two Yemeni Guantanamo inmates win release after being held without charge for 17 years</h1>June 19, 2021</div>

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                <p>The men are among 40 prisoners still at the facility that began taking prisoners following the September 11 attacks</p>
      
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                    <p>Protestors in Washington DC highlight the continuing use of the Guantanamo Bay facility as a military prison (AFP) </p>
      
            
                  <p><span>Published date:</span> 19 June 2021 14:02 UTC
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                <div><p>Two Yemeni prisoners held without charge at 
Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for the last seventeen years have been released 
by the US government, new documents reveal. </p>

<p>US Defence Department files show that Ali al-Hajj al-Sharqawi, 47, 
and Abd al-Salam al-Hilal, 49, were approved for transfer to other 
countries on 8 June.   </p>

<p>"The Periodic Review Board, by consensus, determined that continued 
law of war detention of the detainee is no longer necessary to protect 
against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United 
States," documents released by the Pentagon's Review Board showed. </p>

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</a></p><p>US approves release of oldest Guantanamo prisoner</p>
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<p>The two men were detained in 2002 as part of the US "War on Terror" 
that saw Washington search the world for al-Qaeda members after the 
September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001. Both were later 
transferred to Guantanamo Bay in 2004. </p>

<p>Records show Sharqawi was accused of being a senior al-Qaeda member 
who helped move money for the group and recruit bodyguards for the 
former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. </p>

<p>Sharqawi was also tortured while being interrogated by the CIA in 
Pakistan, according to records. He never faced charges in military 
tribunals held for Guantanamo prisoners. </p>

<p>While Egyptian authorities detained Hilal in Cairo in 2002, where a 
Yemeni government official accused him of facilitating activities for 
al-Qaeda, and handed him over to the US authorities. Hilal was also 
never charged. </p>

<h3>'Monitoring and travel restrictions'</h3>

<p>The Pentagon Review Board said both men presented "some level of 
threat in light of past activities". It added that Hilal's travel could 
be safely arranged with "monitoring and travel restrictions" and that 
Sharqawi could be resettled in a third country that could rehabilitate 
him.  </p>

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</a></p><p>UN rights experts urge Biden to address rights violations at Guantanamo Bay prison</p>
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<p>The two men are among 40 prisoners still at Guantanamo Bay, which began taking prisoners following the September 11 attacks.  </p>

<p>Currently, eleven prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, including Hilal and 
Sharqawi, have been cleared to be sent elsewhere and are waiting for the
 US State Department to arrange their repatriation. </p>

<p>In May, the Biden administration approved the release of three 
detainees to countries that will impose security conditions, including 
the oldest prisoner in Guantanamo Bay, Saifullah Paracha, a 73-year-old 
from Pakistan.</p>

<p>Earlier this year, US President Joe Biden launched a review of plans to close down the military prison.</p>
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