Saturday, September 5, 2009

Europe starts receiving men released from Guantanamo - August 28, 2009

The two men are:

Mohammed al-Tumani, who was 18 when he was seized in Afganistan with his father, Abdul Nasir al-Tumani, and both were sent to Guantanamo.

Moammar Dokhan, who was 29 when he was captured on the Pakistani border.

On August 28, 2009 the Portuguese interior ministry announced that two Syrian prisoners had arrived from Guantánamo and had been released on their arrival in Portugal. Officials added that they are “not subject to any charge, they are free people and are living in homes provided by the state.”

Mohammed al-Tumani (identified by the Pentagon as Muhammed Khan Tumani), is now 27 and Moammar Badawi Dokhan is 37 years old. Both were kept in Guantanamo without charge for six years and were “subjected to beatings and physical and psychological torture,” including sleep deprivation.

US Justice Department explained the circumstances of the men’s release, stressing that the final say in approving their transfer had been taken by Congress. “As directed by the President’s Jan. 22, 2009 Executive Order, the interagency Guantánamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of these cases,” the DoJ announced, adding, “As a result of that review, the detainees were approved for transfer from Guantánamo Bay. On Aug. 6, 2009, in accordance with Congressionally-mandated reporting requirements, the Administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer these two detainees.

Their stories, publicly available documents from Guantánamo, reveal that neither man had any connection to terrorism.

The circunstances of their transfer to Guantanamo and release: HERE