ISLAMABAD — Two Afghan prisoners who had been held in U.S. custody for no less than 14 years on the Guantanamo Bay detention heart after 2002 had been launched from home arrest in Oman, a Taliban spokesman stated Sunday.
Abdul Zahir Saber and Abdul Karim had been launched on account of the efforts made by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Taliban inside ministry spokesman Abdul Mateen Qani stated.
Senior Taliban officers posted images of Saber and Karim on social media with messages of congratulations. An official welcome ceremony is being organized within the capital, Kabul, for his or her return on Monday, Qani stated.
The 2 males had been held in Guantanamo till 2017, after they had been transferred to the Gulf kingdom of Oman, the place they spent the subsequent seven years underneath home arrest, forbidden to journey.
The US opened the detention heart at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba, underneath President George W. Bush in January 2002 after the 9/11 terrorist assaults and the invasion of Afghanistan to seize al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden. It was meant on the time to carry and interrogate these suspected of getting hyperlinks to al-Qaida or the Taliban, who had sheltered bin Laden.
Nevertheless, scores of suspects from a number of international locations had been later despatched there and the detention heart turned infamous after experiences emerged of detainees being humiliated and tortured.
Saber, who was initially from the province of Logar, was arrested by American forces on Might 10, 2002, Qani stated. In October that 12 months, after 4 months in Bagram jail simply exterior Kabul, Saber was transferred to Guantanamo.
“Because of the efforts of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, after a few years in jail and imposed restrictions will probably be eliminated, he’ll return to his homeland,” stated Qani.
Karim, a resident of Tani district of Khost province, within the east, was arrested in Pakistan on Aug. 14, 2002. After a number of months in jail there, he was handed over to American forces.
He was moved to Guantanamo in early 2003 after which to Oman in 2017.