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Family of last Afghan held in Guantanamo calls for his release

By AFP
November 30, 2023

KABUL: The family of the last Afghan held at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba called for his release on Wednesday at a press conference in Kabul.

Muhammad Rahim was one of hundreds of suspected militants captured by US forces during the United States´ “war on terror” and held in the secretive prison.

US authorities faced accusations of torture and abuse against prisoners at the facility, where many were held without charge or the legal power to challenge their detention.

Family of last Afghan held in Guantanamo calls for his release. . — AFP
Family of last Afghan held in Guantanamo calls for his release. . — AFP

Most of the inmates have been released over the years, including senior Taliban leaders, but Rahim remains.

“I urge the American authorities and leaders to release my son,” said Rahim´s mother Safoora Bibi, breaking down in tears. Rahim´s family said he was arrested in Pakistan in 2007.

The US government transferred Rahim in 2008 to Guantanamo Bay, according to a Pentagon announcement cited by Amnesty International at the time.

The CIA accused him of being a close associate of al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden. His family said they still do not know why he was arrested.

Rahim´s uncle Muhammad Ali called on Afghanistan´s Taliban authorities to work for his release.

“We want the Islamic Emirate to listen to us, they are now the government,” he told reporters, using the Taliban´s formal name for Afghanistan.