In darkness and protracted isolation, 39 men are prisoners of War in Guantánamo. Two of them were among the first 20 men to arrive on Jan. 11, 2002, Ali Hamza al Bahlul, who Carol Rosenberg reports is "the only prisoner there currently convicted of a war crime, and he is serving a life sentence, The other is a Tunisian man, Ridah bin Saleh al Yazidi, 56, who was cleared to go years ago but who has refused to cooperate with efforts to repatriate or resettle him."
Minus the release July 19, 2021 of Abdul Latif Nasir (Morocco), 5 remain held in Law-of-War Detention but Recommended for transfer if security conditions are met. 7 were Charged in Military Commissions System; 2 were convicted in Military Commissions System; 3 have been proposed for a dubious trial in Military Commissions System*; 22 others remain held in so-called Indefinite Law-of-War Detention and to the forever life of Guantánamo are deemed Not Recommended for Transfer.
*The Convening Authority approved the charges for trial on Jan. 21, 2021. They have yet to be arraigned.
The recommended for transfer if security conditions are met include 5:
Sufyian Barhoumi (Algeria), Ridah Bin Saleh al Yazidi (Tunisia) Tolfiq Nassar Ahmed al Bihani (Yemen), Said Salih Said Nashir (Yemen), Muieen A Deen Jamal A Deen Abd al Fusal Abd al Sattar (Stateless Rohingya)
The 7 Charged in Military Commissions System:
Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi (Iraq), Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (Pakistan), Abd al Rahim al Nashiri (Saudi Arabia) Mustafa Ahmed al Hawsawi (Saudi Arabia) Ramzi Bin al Shibh (Yemen) Walid Bin Attash (Yemen)
The 2 Convicted in Military Commissions System:
Majid Khan*(Pakistan), Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul (Yemen)
*Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing
The 3 Proposed for Trial in Military Commissions System*
Riduan Isamuddin Hambali (Indonesia), Mohd Farik Bin Amin Zubair (Malaysia), Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep Lillie (Malaysia)
*The Convening Authority approved the charges for trial on Jan. 21, 2021. They have yet to be arraigned
The 22 Held in Indefinite Law-of-War Detention and Not Recommended for Transfer
al Afghani, Muhammad Rahim Afghanistan
al Afghani, Haroon Afghanistan
Abdelrahman, Abdelrazak Ali Algeria
Malik, Abdul Kenya
Al Libi, Abu Faraj Libya
Al Bakush, Ismael Ali Farag Libya
Rabbani, Mohammed Ahmad Ghulam Pakistan
Paracha, Saifullah Pakistan
Abu Rahman, Abdul Rabbani Abd al Rahim Pakistan
Zubaydah, Abu Palestinian Territories
al Qahtani, Mohammed Saudi Arabia
al Sharbi, Ghassan Abdullah Saudi Arabia
Dourad, Gouled Hassan Somalia
Sharqawi, Abdu Ali al Haji Yemen
al Hilal, Abdul al Salam Yemen
Bin Attash, Hassan Mohammed Ali Yemen
al Kazimi, Sanad Yislam Yemen
al Rammah, Omar Mohammed Ali Yemen
Qasim, Khaled Yemen
al Alwi, Moath Hamza Ahmed Yemen
Uthman, Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Yemen
Carol Rosenberg, "20 Lives Weigh on Plan to Shut Guantánamo: First Detainees' Paths Reveal Challenges" 28 March 2021 New York Times
Carol Rosenberg, "Freed Guantanamo Bay Detainee Reunited with Family in Morroco" 20 July 2021 New York Times.
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