Guantanamo Prisoner Transported Back to Saudi Arabia

Guantanamo Prisoner Transported Back to Saudi Arabia

( – The Guantanamo Bay detention center has provided the basis for many spirited political debates over the last two decades. Advocates of the facility believe it helps us fight the war on terror, while critics say it disrespects the human rights of its inmates. Recently, one such inmate was allowed to return to his home country to receive medical treatment.

On Monday, March 7, the Pentagon revealed Mohammad Ahmad al-Qahtani was flown back to Saudi Arabia to undergo treatment for mental health issues at a specialist facility. Al-Qahtani has spent the last 20 years in custody in Guantanamo Bay following suspicions he had made an attempt to join the hijackers who conducted the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

The suspected terrorist, now age 46, has reportedly suffered from mental health difficulties such as schizophrenia for most of his life. The US government initially intended to put him on trial, but the Bush administration abandoned these plans after it emerged he had suffered torture in Guantanamo Bay. His release comes following an assessment by a panel of intelligence and military officials.

President Joe Biden has promised to shut down Guantanamo Bay during his tenure. Following the most recent departure from the facility, it now houses 38 inmates, around half of whom have received approval for resettlement or repatriation. Critics of Biden’s stance have highlighted reports of former Guantanamo detainees who have returned to terrorist activity following their release.

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