Obama considers repatriating Yemen's Guantanamo detainees: report

20:37, July 16, 2010      

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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh received on Thursday a telephone call from his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama, during which the latter said his administration is considering repatriating Yemenis held at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, Yemen's official Saba news agency reported.

President Obama also reaffirmed the U.S. support for Yemen's efforts to fight terrorism, according to Saba.

"A Yemeni prisoner at Guantanamo Bay will be released in one week," Saba quoted Obama as telling Saleh during the conversation. The name of detainee was not given.

Saleh, for his part, renewed his government's demands to repatriate all Yemenis held at the Guantanamo Bay, vowing commitment to enroll them in a rehabilitation program, Saba said.

Obama promised on Jan. 22 last year to close the detention facility in Cuba in one year, which he failed to deliver.

One year later, Obama said that the plan to close the facility was still on, but his country will not transfer additional Guantanamo detainees to Yemen after the failed bombing plot against a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, which al-Qaida wing in Yemen claimed credit.

Last year, the Yemeni government launched a rehabilitation program to rebut beliefs of the detainees and to help them start a new life.

The program has reportedly succeeded in preventing radicalization as well as rehabilitating misguided jihadists and helping them engage in businesses that benefit the society. No ex- extremist that passed the program has returned to militancy, the government says.

About 180 detainees are still left at Guantanamo Bay, and most of them are from Yemen.

Source: Xinhua


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