CAGE Outreach Director and former detainee of Guantanamo Bay and Bagram prisons, Moazzam Begg said:
“The United States has announced the transfer of two Guantanamo prisoners to Bosnia and Montenegro, leaving 91 men imprisoned without recourse to justice. Tarek al-Sawah who has ben sent to Bosnia, is a dual Egyptian/Bosnian citizen, while Abdul Aziz Ali al-Suedi from Yemen has been sent to Montenegro. Both men will begin lives free of the cages and shackles of Guantanamo after more than 14 years imprisoned without trial by the world’s leading proponent of human rights and, ironically, freedom.
Despite Obama breaking his promise to close Guantanamo within a year of taking office, there still remains 10 months to do so before his term is up. All he needs to do to end this painfully slow and internally destructive process is use one word to describe the men, who’ve never been charged with a crime: innocent. He’ll find his job, and his conscience, will become much lighter.
May Allah grant ease and respite to these men and reunite them with all their loved ones, remove their pain and replace it with love, hope and trust and, bring freedom to all the innocent prisoners left.”
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