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The US repatriates a Guantánamo prisoner to Afghanistan after a ruling that calls his detention illegal

The US repatriates a Guantánamo prisoner to Afghanistan after a ruling that calls his detention illegal

June 24. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The Afghan citizen Asadulá Harun Gul, known as Harun al Afghani, has been repatriated this Friday after being released from the Guantánamo detention center in Cuba, after a US court considered that his detention had been carried out illegally.

This has been confirmed by a senior official of the Administration of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, who has indicated that the prisoner, who was born in Afghanistan, had been imprisoned in Guantanamo since 2007.

“The Department of Defense, along with other institutions, has transferred the prisoner, facilitating his repatriation to his country of origin, Afghanistan,” the source told CNN television.

In this regard, he explained that the man had flown to Doha, the Qatari capital, on a US plane, and confirmed that the US authorities had worked with the Taliban and the Qatari government to subsequently transfer him to Kabul.

The negotiations have been carried out by US diplomats who are working in Doha, explained the aforementioned source, who has ruled out the need for greater communication with the Taliban. The insurgents, for their part, would have given guarantees to the United States government that Gul will not pose a threat to the national security of the country or its allies.


After hearing the news, the spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Doha, Mohamad Naim, applauded the release of the “oppressed prisoner” and pointed out that it is the “result of direct understanding and a positive relationship between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the United States.

“We consider this progress a positive step towards the expansion of relations of mutual interest between the two parties”, he pointed out before urging Washington to “lift the sanctions against the Afghan banking system” in the event that the earthquake registered this week in the country causes an “urgent need for humanitarian assistance” from abroad.

In addition, it has conveyed the need for Muhamar Rahim Sikandar, the only Afghan detainee remaining in Guantanamo, to be released and reunited with his family on Afghan soil.

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