Government board recommends Mohammed al-Qahtani, who now suffers from serious mental health issues, must be sent back in Saudi Arabia
US authorities have suggested that they release an inmate who has serious mental health problems in Guantanamo Bay and returning the inmate back to Saudi Arabia, according to the government’s document released on today.
As a possible al-Qaida’s 20th hijacker to carry out the September 11 terrorist attacks Mohammed al-Qahtani was tortured by interrogators at the US military base in Cuba in the US military base where he’s been in custody for over two decades.
The government decided to drop its lawsuit against him because of the violence he endured in the prison.
The detention of al-Qahtani’s family members is “no more necessary to guard against the recurrent risk to security in the United States,” the periodic review board, which is made up of several US security agencies across the nation has stated in a report the decision.
In its final determination , which was made on 4 February stated that al-Qahtani was “eligible to be transferred” and advised him to be returned into Saudi Arabia where he could receive a comprehensive treatment for mental illness and be admitted to an extremist rehabilitation center.
The body also noted the man’s “significantly affected mental health and the availability of family assistance”.
Security measures, like security measures and travel restrictions were also suggested.
Al-Qahtani was among the first prisoners transferred to Guantanamo in January 2002.
He flew from Dubai to Orlando, Florida on 4 August 2001, however, he was denied entry into the country, and then returned to Dubai.
He was ultimately taken prisoner in Afghanistan in December 2001.
The torture he endured in the prison was well-documented and spurred by international human rights organizations calling for the prison to be closed. He was subjected to long-term isolation, deprivation of sleep and sexual humiliation among other inhumane treatment.
“We brutally tortured Qahtani,” Susan Crawford an official of the highest rank in the judicial system during the Bush administration, stated in 2009, as reported by an Washington Post article.
In January the US authorized the release five of the 39 detainees still held at Guantanamo.
Ten others who are suspected to be the chief of 9/11, including the alleged mastermind of 11 attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, also known as “KSM” is awaiting an investigation by an army commission.
The detention center, which is run by the US Navy was set up in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks to house detainees during the US “war against terror” and was dubbed the site with “unparalleled fame” according to UN human rights specialists.