The Taliban stated Asadullah Haroon Gul was one of many final two Afghan prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.
An Afghan prisoner held at Guantanamo Bay for about 15 years with out trial has been launched from US custody, the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan and a world human rights group stated.
Asadullah Haroon Gul’s launch was introduced on Friday by Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban-appointed deputy tradition and knowledge minister, who stated that Gul was one of many final two Afghan prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.
Gul, who is about to fly to Kabul quickly, was detained by US forces in Jalalabad in 2007 and was held for 15 years with out trial, stated Suhail Shaheen, a senior Taliban official who relies in Qatar.
America opened the infamous Guantanamo Bay jail beneath President George W Bush in January 2002 after the 9/11 assaults and the invasion of Afghanistan to seize al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
Set as much as maintain and interrogate these suspected of getting hyperlinks to al-Qaeda, dozens of suspects from a number of nations have been despatched there and it grew to become infamous after reviews emerged of prisoners being humiliated and tortured.
Gul was handed over to the Taliban’s authorities because of their talks with US authorities, Mujahid stated.
“Because of the efforts of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and its direct and constructive interplay with the USA, one of many remaining two detainees, Asadullah Haroon, was launched from Guantanamo jail,” he stated on Twitter.
It’s with immense pleasure to announce that one among our detainees, Assadullah Haroon, was launched from Guantanamo jail and handed over to the Islamic Emirate. 1/4
— Zabihullah (..ذبـــــیح الله م ) (@Zabehulah_M33) June 24, 2022
Mujahid shared no additional particulars in regards to the whereabouts of Gul.
The UK-based rights group Reprieve stated Gul was despatched to Guantanamo Bay in 2007.
“His household feared him lifeless for a few years and for the primary 9 years of his captivity, he didn’t have entry to a lawyer, regardless of a number of makes an attempt to acquire authorized illustration,” the assertion stated.
Reprieve and the legislation agency Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss filed a petition on Gul’s behalf in 2016 and “demanded his launch”.
After years of litigation, in October 2021, a Washington court docket dominated that Gul was not a part of al-Qaeda and ordered his launch.
In accordance with the assertion from Reprieve, Gul “suffered extreme bodily and psychological torture throughout his detention, together with being crushed, hung by his wrists, disadvantaged of meals and water, and prevented from praying. He has been subjected to sleep deprivation, extraordinarily chilly temperatures and solitary confinement.”
Commenting on Gul’s launch, his lawyer at Reprieve, Mark Maher, stated that Gul “missed his daughter’s complete childhood and he won’t ever get again what has been taken from him, however he’s now no less than in a position to rebuild his life together with his household, who’ve waited so lengthy to see him.”
Republican Senator Marco Rubio, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, criticised the Biden administration for permitting Gul’s switch.
“The terrorist organisation that now controls Afghanistan can not and won’t guarantee Gul, or any future detainees who’re launched, is not going to return to the battlefield and doubtlessly kill Individuals or different harmless civilians,” Rubio stated, referring to the Taliban, who seized energy in Afghanistan final August.