Obama Administration Transfers 12 Detainees to Yemen, Afghanistan, Somaliland

By Jennifer Parker

Dec 20, 2009 10:29am

The number of detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay sank to under 200 this weekend with the transfer of a dozen former prisoners in the last day to Yemen, Afghanistan, and Somaliland.

One hundred ninety eight detainees remain at Guantanamo.

Since President Obama took office, 42 detainees have been transferred to other countries, and one detainee — Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani — was transferred to New York City for trial.

Over the weekend six Yemeni detainees, Jamal Muhammad Alawi Mari, Farouq Ali Ahmed,Ayman Saeed Abdullah Batarfi, Muhammaed Yasir Ahmed Taher, Fayad Yahya Ahmed al Rami and Riyad Atiq Ali Abdu al Haf, were transferred to the government of Yemen.

Detainees Abdul Hafiz, Sharifullah, Mohamed Rahim and Mohammed Hashim, were transferred into the custody of the government of Afghanistan.

Two Somali detainees, Mohammed Soliman Barre and Ismael Arale, were transferred to regional authorities in Somaliland.

The 198 detainees remaining at Guantanamo include 10 scheduled for trial. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid bin Attash, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali , Ramzi bin al-Shibh, and Mustafa al-Hawsawi will be tried in a US criminal court.  

Five others — Ibrahim al Qosi, Omar Khadr, Ahmed al Darbi, Noor Uthman Mohammed and Abd al Rahim al Nashiri — will be tried in revamped military commissions, to take place at Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois.

The Bush administration transferred more than 500 detainees to other countries. Detainees have been transferred to countries ranging from Afghanistan and Iraq to Bermuda and Palau.

-jpt

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