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  •  hmmm well i dunno either (4+ / 0-)
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    looks like Andy Worthington is on holiday. Found this at his site on Saib/Sayab from 2010:

    ISN 288 Saib, Motai (Algeria) One of five Algerian prisoners facing involuntary repatriation, after being cleared for release by a military review board under the Bush administration, and also by President Obama’s interagency Guantánamo Review Task Force, Saib (also identified as Mutaj Sayab), had been living in Jalalabad prior to his capture (like many of the Algerians held at Guantánamo), and had traveled to Afghanistan via France and London. Throughout nearly nine years of detention, he has only been accused of “receiving small arms training” near Jalalabad. In relation to plans for his release from Guantánamo, his lawyers explained, in a court filing in July 2008, that in February 2008 the Department of Defense notified them that he had been “approved to leave Guantánamo,” but stated obliquely that “such a decision does not equate [to] a determination that your client is not an enemy combatant, nor does is it a determination that he does not pose a threat to the United States or its allies. I cannot provide you any information regarding when your client may be leaving Guantánamo as his departure is subject to ongoing discussions.” As his lawyers noted, “Saib has serious concerns that this ambiguous and damaging language will prevent his safe release from Guantánamo” to a third country, and these fears have only heightened after the involuntary repatriation of another Algerian, Abdul Aziz Naji, in July this year.

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    Above graph has more links embedded at his site.

    Thanks for this post!

    If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

    by Lady Libertine on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 06:04:52 AM PDT

    •  he grew up in France, has been held (2+ / 0-)
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      without charge for 11 years. French is his first language. We're sending him to Algeria to a strange city.  But... it's better than nothing I guess? Still reading...

      More bio-details in this piece here and also see this statement from his lawyer at  Reprieve:

      Commenting on news of the release Nabil’s attorney and Strategic Director at Reprieve, Cori Crider said:

      “After a dozen years of needless detention and abuse in US custody, Nabil is embarking on the greatest adventure of his adult life - freedom. He arrives in Algeria weakened from his hunger strike, but with high hopes for the future. He is grateful to the Algerians for accepting him, although he dreams one day of rejoining his family who await him in France. We hope to be able to see him very shortly to help him and the authorities smooth his transition to a free life.”

      If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

      by Lady Libertine on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 06:28:30 AM PDT

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      •  "... transition to a free life" (1+ / 0-)
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        I don't know enough to know if that is wishful thinking or a realistic expectation.  

        Thanks for your links and comments!

        •  one more (3+ / 0-)

          actually Carol Rosenberg (Miami Herald/McClatchy) is usually the first one I go to when looking at G'mo stories.

          It was not immediately known if the men were released in their homeland on return. An Algerian Press Service report said their cases would be handled by “competent courts” using “legal procedures” established for earlier transfers the government of Algeria negotiated with the United States.

          Sayab's lawyer, Buz Eisenberg, said Algerians returned from the prison camps are typically held up to 12 days incommunicado for questioning on whether they should face trial, and then sent home.
          Sayab, 37, got there on Jan. 20, 2002, two weeks after Pakistani forces handed him over to U.S. troops, according to his leaked Guantánamo risk assessment obtained by McClatchy Newspapers through Wikileaks.

          Eisenberg, Sayab's lawyer, said the Algerian was a hunger striker who avoided tube feedings by occasionally eating bread, fruit and yogurt and drinking a can of Ensure. He's a single man, with seven siblings who worked as a trained chef prior to his capture -- in both Syria and France.

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          If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

          by Lady Libertine on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 06:59:52 AM PDT

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    •  only accused of “receiving small arms training" (0+ / 0-)

      So, I suppose the NRA has been helping with his legal defense fund?

      Sorry, could not resist the snark.

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