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US releases Gitmo prisoner to Cape Verde

06 December 2016, 14:32

Miami - A prisoner from Yemen at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre has been released and sent to the West African nation of Cape Verde for resettlement.

The Pentagon said on Sunday the release of Shawqi Awad Balzuhair lowered the number of prisoners held at the US base in Cuba to 59. Twenty of those remaining have been approved for release.

Balzuhair has been held at Guantanamo without charge since October 2002 following his capture along with several other suspected al-Qaeda militants in Karachi, Pakistan. A US government review board determined that he was a "low-level militant" and approved his release in 2016.

The US does not send prisoners back to Yemen because of the civil war and had to find another country to accept him. Cape Verde accepted another prisoner in 2010.

- AP

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