- “A 24-hour surveillance of detainees for an extended period of time.
- The detainees accept that their movement within the UAE will be restricted to certain geographical areas and that they will not travel outside the country, at least for a certain period.
- The detainees must voluntarily accept a surveillance of their phones, internet and personal communication.
detainees must voluntarily accept to undergo a rehabilitation program
to lead a normal law-abiding life in the future.”http://newsweekme.com/guantanamo-the-outcasts/
Although the media praised the move as proof of Obama’s determination to close Guantánamo before he leaves office, having reduced the prisoner population by one-fifth in one day, it should be remembered that most of these men could have been released far earlier and there are about 15 prisoners who are unlikely to ever be released and thus even if the physical prison at Guantánamo closes, the perpetual indefinite detention of up to 20 prisoners is likely to continue.
Eight prisoners had their cases reviewed by the administrative periodic review board in August. The arbitrary system applied by the board considers whether or not prisoners are believed to continue to pose a threat to the USA and its interests or can be released. It does not consider the legality of their imprisonment. Being cleared by the board does not guarantee release.
The third of the Southeast Asian trio Indonesian Hambali (real name Encep Nurjaman), 52, had his review board hearing on 18 August. He is accused of being an Al Qaeda leader in Southeast Asia and part of the gang that carried out deadly bombings in Bali in 2002. Malaysia has asked for him not to be returned to Indonesia and the Indonesian government has already said that it does not want him to return home.
In August, five prisoners had decisions made following their review hearings: the board cleared Yemeni Hail Aziz Ahmed Al-Maythali, 39, for release and recommended he is sent to an Arabic-speaking country in the Gulf region, as he cannot return home, and Algerian Sufyian Barhoumi, 43. On the other hand, it decided to continue the detention of Abdul Rabbani Abu Rahmah, 49, a Pakistani citizen born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Libyan Ismael Ali Faraj Ali Bakush who did not participate in his hearing and Omar Mohammed Ali Al-Rammah, 40, a Yemeni citizen.
A US appeal court rejected an appeal by Abd Al-Nashiri to have his case halted as his lawyers claim that he is being charged with war crimes even though his acts did not take place within the context of war as the US was not engaged in hostilities with Al Qaeda at the time that the attacks he is linked to took place in the Gulf of Aden in 2000. Instead the court ruled that the war court has the jurisdiction to hear his case and that he can appeal this point after the case is heard. His lawyers tried to have this point expedited in view of the torture he suffered in the four years during which he “disappeared” into CIA secret prisons between 2002 and 2006.