#AceNewsServices – PENTAGON – Nov.23 – According to a recent Press Statement from the Pentagon the Department of Defence (DOD) is transferring five detainees from the Guantánamo Bay detention centre to Slovakia and the Democratic Republic of Georgia.

The five are among the 55 cleared for release by President Obama’s Guantánamo Review Task Force in 2010, and includes the first Yemeni detainee released in years. 

In a statement  Thursday, the Pentagon thanked both countries for their “willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.”

Obama has tried to close the detention centre since he took office, but has been blocked by Congress. Both the House and the Senate have voted to keep it open.

The Centre for Constitutional Rights, a group that represents Yemini Abdel Ghaib Ahmad Hakim, praised his release.

“We are grateful to the Republic of Georgia for offering our client a new home where he can begin to rebuild his life after more than a decade in Guantánamo without charge or trial,” the group said in a statement.

The centre noted that Hakim is the first Yemeni to be transferred out of the detention center since 2010 and that 84 of the 143 detainees still at Guantánamo are Yemeni.

The government has balked at sending Yemenis back to their country because of instability there.

Wells Dixon, an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, though, said the turmoil in Yemen should not force detainees to be kept in Guantánamo any longer than necessary. 

“As we welcome Mr. Alhag’s resettlement, we are reminded that the remaining Yemeni men should be sent home or resettled without further delay,” he said, using an alternate name for Hakim.


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