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US transfers a prisoner from Guantanamo to Morocco

The United States government has repatriated a Moroccan detainee in the Guatánamo Bay prison, the first during the administration of Democratic President Joe Bidenthe Pentagon reported Monday.

“The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Abdul Latif Nasir from the detention center in Guantanamo Bay to the Kingdom of Morocco,” the Department of Defense said in a statement, adding that 39 prisoners still remain in the controversial detention center. Caribbean.

Nasir, who in 2016 was advised to release although former US President Donald Trump preferred to keep him in detention, was never charged with any crime.

The administration of Trump’s predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, recommended his departure from Guantanamo “subject to guarantees of security and humane treatment,” according to the Pentagon, but it had not occurred when Trump took office in 2017.

Obama failed in his attempt to close the prison located on a US military base installed on that island of Cuba, a center that became a symbol of the excesses in the so-called “War on Terrorism” launched after the September 11 attacks. 2001 by President George W. Bush (2001-2009).

The Republican Party blocked Obama’s plans to close the prison before 2009 by restricting the United States’ ability to transfer Guantanamo inmates to the mainland.

After succeeding Obama, Trump even considered increasing the detainee population at Guantánamo, a plan that he failed to implement.

On your side, Biden launched a study in February on how to close the prison, but without making public promises after Obama’s failure.

The government of Biden “Is dedicated to following a deliberate and thorough process focused on responsible reduction of the detainee population at the Guantanamo facility, while safeguarding the security of the United States and its allies,” the State Department said in a statement Monday. .

Washington also praised Morocco’s role in “repatriating its citizens who have traveled to fight for terrorist organizations abroad.”

The United States opened Guantánamo to house the captured suspects around the world, thus avoiding the constitutional right to due process guaranteed on US soil.

The center was peppered with multiple complaints of extralegal imprisonment, denial of rights and torture.

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