The U.S. military announced Wednesday it has transferred the first detainee out of Guantanamo Bay prison during the Trump administration.
Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi, who pleaded guilty to participating in a 2002 al-Qaeda attack on a French oil tanker off the coast of Yemen, was transferred from the U.S. detention facility in Cuba to his home country of Saudi Arabia to serve the remainder of his 13-year sentence.
Al-Darbi agreed to testify against two other Guantanamo detainees as part of his plea deal.
A Pentagon statement said the policy pertained to situations where detainees “present a continuing, significant threat to the security of the United States.”
President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January to keep the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay open, and to reserve the right to house additional detainees. The executive order reversed a decision by President Barack Obama to close the controversial facility.