A 33-year-old Guantánamo Bay inmate who was once suspected of being Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard may be leaving the military prison.
The Periodic Review Board, in its review of whether inmates should continue to be held without charge in the American facility in Cuba, recommended Ali Ahmad al-Razihi and one other inmate for release back to their native Yemen, Reuters reported.
Al-Razihi was captured by Pakistani forces in 2001 while fleeing a bin Laden hideout in Tora Bora, Afghanistan. The board said his stated plans, family support in Yemen, and largely peaceful behavior as an inmate were among the reasons for his release.
Of the 154 prisoners that remain at Guantánamo, about 70 cannot be prosecuted but are considered too dangerous to set free.
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