Algerian national released from Guantanamo after 20 years imprisoned

The United States government has released a prisoner from Guantanamo Bay back to his home country of Algeria after a 20 year sentence for participating in a plot to bomb the US.

Sufiyan Barhoumi was returned to Algeria under the agreement that the Algerian government would ensure he would not be a flight risk or a threat in the future. The security assurances include measures like travel restrictions.

“The United States appreciates the willingness of Algeria, and other partners to support ongoing US efforts toward a deliberate and thorough process focused on responsibly reducing the detainee population and ultimately closing of the Guantanamo Bay facility,” the Department of Defense said in a statement.

The DoD says there are still 37 inmates at Guantanamo Bay, and of those 18 are eligible for transfer. Among the remainder of the detainees, “7 are eligible for a Periodic Review Board; 10 are involved in the military commissions process; and two detainees have been convicted in military commissions.”




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