Islamabad (AFP) – The Afghan Taliban authorities and a world human rights group mentioned on Friday that an Afghan prisoner who had been held by america for almost 15 years had lastly been launched from Guantanamo Bay.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s deputy minister of tradition and knowledge, introduced the discharge of Asadullah Harun Gul, writing on Twitter that Gul was one of many final two Afghan prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.
The US opened the detention heart below President George W. Bush in January 2002 after the September 11 assaults and the invasion of Afghanistan. It was meant to detain and interrogate prisoners suspected of getting hyperlinks with al-Qaeda or the Taliban on the time. Dozens of suspects from a number of international locations had been subsequently despatched there.
The detention heart grew to become infamous after stories of detainees being humiliated and tortured there.
Mujahid mentioned that Gul was handed over to the Taliban authorities on account of their talks with the US authorities. “As a result of the efforts of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and its direct and positive interaction with the United States, one of the remaining detainees, Asadullah Harun, was released from Guantanamo prison,” he mentioned on Twitter.
In a few of the images Mujahid posted, Gul is seen smiling and was greeted by Suhail Shaheen, a senior Taliban official based mostly in Doha, Qatar.
Mujahid didn’t reveal extra particulars about Gul’s whereabouts.
Shaheen informed the Related Press that Gul was handed over to their representatives in Doha “after direct dealings with the Islamic Emirate.” He mentioned Gul will fly to Kabul quickly. He mentioned that Gul was arrested by US forces in Jalalabad in 2007 and was arrested. He was later detained for 15 years with none trial.
Additionally on Friday, the UK-based rights group Reprieve mentioned Gul had been launched from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility with out being charged. A press release additionally mentioned that Gul was despatched to Guantanamo Bay in 2007. “His family feared his death for many years, and during the first nine years of his captivity, he was unable to contact a lawyer, despite multiple attempts to obtain representation.”
She added, “Reprieve and the law firm Louis Bach Kaufmann Middlemes filed a lawsuit to obtain a subpoena on his behalf in 2016, requesting his release.” The District Courtroom of Columbia dominated that Asadullah’s arrest was illegal, as he was solely a part of the Islamic Celebration (HIA), a gaggle that has been formally at peace since 2016, and was not a part of Al Qaeda.” She added that the decide subsequently ordered his launch.
Based on the assertion, Gul “suffered severe physical and psychological torture during his detention, including beatings, being hung by his wrists, deprivation of food and water, and prohibition of prayer. He was subjected to sleep deprivation, frigid temperatures and solitary confinement.”
Commenting on Gul’s launch, his lawyer at Reprieve, Mark Maher, mentioned Gul “missed his daughter’s entire childhood and will never get back what was taken from him, but now at least he is able to rebuild his life with his family, who have waited so long to see him”.