The former Guantánamo detainee Abdul Latif Nasser was reunited along with his household in Casablanca after U.S. troops turned him over to Moroccan state custody, his legal professionals mentioned Tuesday.
U.S. troops airlifted Mr. Nasser, 56, from Guantánamo Bay on Sunday within the first launch of a detainee from the jail by the Biden administration. American and Moroccan officers had agreed to safety preparations for his return within the final days of the Obama administration, however the deal was placed on maintain when President Donald J. Trump halted all transfers upon taking workplace.
Abdul Latif Nasser, a citizen of Morocco, had been held as a law-of-war detainee for greater than 19 years.
“He is ecstatic,” mentioned Bernard E. Harcourt, a New York-based lawyer and legislation professor, who represented Mr. Nasser in federal courtroom. He and his co-counsel, Thomas Anthony Durkin, spoke to Mr. Nasser by telephone at his household residence in Casablanca, and declared the previous prisoner of greater than 19 years in good spirits. He was notably buoyed by being reunited with prolonged relations who had gathered for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holy day often known as the Feast of Sacrifice, Mr. Harcourt added.
“He did say it was amazing for him to go home when all his family was there,” Mr. Harcourt mentioned.
Mr. Nasser’s authorized standing in his residence nation was unclear. He was held for a time Monday in a jail close to Casablanca, and Moroccan justice officers mentioned in a press release that the police have been investigating him for alleged involvement in terrorism.
The investigation was commonplace. Previous Moroccan residents who have been repatriated from Guantánamo have been held for days, if not months, and a few have been charged with terror-related offenses.
The London-based authorized and human rights advocacy agency Reprieve mentioned in a press release that Mr. Nasser wouldn’t be doing interviews with information organizations “for the foreseeable future.” It quoted him within the assertion as declaring that, though he was born on March four, he thought-about himself “born again on July 19,” the day of his launch from U.S. navy detention.
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Since 2002, roughly 780 detainees have been held on the American navy jail at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Thirty-nine stay.