Guan­tanamo pris­oner to leave

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

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.

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