US: Afghan at Guantanamo who faced trial can now be released
MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. government review board has decided that an Afghan prisoner at Guantanamo who once faced trial by military commission can now be released from custody at the U.S. base in Cuba, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
The board, citing factors that included candor about his past activities and good behavior while in custody at Guantanamo, said it is longer necessary to hold Mohammed Kamin. He has been in custody at Guantanamo since September 2004.
Kamin, who is about 37 according to military records, helped facilitate al-Qaida and Taliban operations against U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan until he was captured in May 2003.
“Clearing Mr. Kamin for release was the right decision,” Shayana Kadidal, an attorney with the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights. “It is also the right decision for numerous other men who remain trapped in indefinite detention at Guantanamo.”
Kamin was charged before the commission in April 2008 with providing material support for terrorism. A civilian appeal’s court later ruled that the material support charge was not a recognized war crime that can be prosecuted by the military commission at Guantanamo. Prosecutors dismissed the charge in December 2009.
A review board statement released by the Pentagon described Kamin as “one of the more compliant detainees at Guantanamo” and said the panel members “found him credible in his desire to pursue non-extremist goals” upon his return to his family in Afghanistan.
The U.S. now holds 114 prisoners at Guantanamo, including 54 who have been deemed eligible for release.