US frees Moroccan prisoner held at Guantanamo since 2002



    US frees Moroccan prisoner held at Guantanamo since 2002

    Sept.18, Havana: Another Guantanamo Bay prisoner Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri has been released on Friday. He was in Guantanamo custody for more than 13 years.

    He was released as part of the drawn-out effort to wind down and eventually close the detention centre at the US base in Cuba, officials said.

    Chekkouri, 47, was sent to his native Morocco after more than 13 years in custody at Guantanamo, officials said on Thursday

    The human rights group Reprieve, whose lawyers represented Chekkouri while he was in US custody, expressed concern that he was not immediately released upon arrival in Morocco as expected.

    It was not clear how long he would be held by local authorities but prisoners released from Guantanamo in the past have spent several days to weeks undergoing medical checks and investigations before being freed by their own governments.

    Chekkouri was captured by Pakistan government in December 2001 as he fled Afghanistan with other suspected al-Qaeda fighters and was turned over to the US. He has been held at Guantanamo since May 2002.

    The Oslo Times