Five years on, terror suspect wastes away in Guantanamo

FILE | NATION The Guantanamo Bay prison where Abdulmalik has been held for the past four years and five months. Out of the 779 detainees who have been sent here since the first detainees arrived on January 11, 2002, Abdulmalik is among those who have never been given the benefit of any kind of process to determine the legality of their transfer and detention.

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  • Leaked classified documents show that Mohammed Abdumalik has never been given a chance at a combatant status review tribunal. He has never been charged with a crime of terrorism as the US has still not bothered to provide any proof against him, or given him the chance to challenge any allegations there may be. His lawyers were only allowed to meet with him for the first time in April 2008, a year after his detention at Guantanamo, and now they say enough is enough, charge him or set him free

“We don’t know what has happened to him. We last heard from the government about him two years ago. Nobody is willing to help us,” Mwajuma Rajab Abdalla lamented at her Mombasa home last week.


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