Guantanamo prisoner to leave
A prisoner who has been on a nine- year hunger strike to protest his confinement at the U. S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, can now return to his native Saudi Arabia, a government review board said.
The Periodic Review Board, which has been reevaluating dozens of Guantanamo prisoners previously deemed too dangerous to release, said in a statement published on its website that Abdul Rahman Shalabi can be released to take part in a Saudi government rehabilitation program for militants and would be subject to monitoring afterward.
Shalabi, 39, was among the f irst prisoners taken to Guantanamo in January 2002.
He was never charged with a crime but the government said he had been a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden and had links to the external operations chief for Al Qaeda, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is facing trial by military commission at Guantanamo.