“What’s good in this place?” “Try the IED’s, sir. They’re to die for.”
“Five Guantanamo prisoners held for a dozen years are released and resettled in Kazakhstan,” by Dan Bloom, Daily Mail, December 31, 2014:
Five Guantanamo Bay inmates who were held without charge for more than a decade have been released and sent to Kazakhstan.
The men were all captured in Pakistan in the aftermath of 9/11 and accused of links to terror groups including Al-Qaeda, but ended up in legal limbo even after they were cleared to be freed.
Two of the men were from Tunisia and were identified as 49-year-old Adel Al-Hakeemy, and Abdallah Bin Ali al Lufti, who military records show is about 49.
The other three, from Yemen, were named as Asim Thabit Abdullah Al-Khalaqi, who is about 46, Muhammad Ali Husayn Khanayna, who is about 36, and Sabri Mohammad al Qurashi, about 44.
Lufti was detained in Pakistan and held at Guantanamo for nearly 12 years, according to a database of government documents compiled by the New York Times and National Public Radio.
He was accused of links to Tunisian militants when he lived in Italy in the 1990s, but he denied this.
He has heart problems that led authorities to recommend his transfer as early as 2004, according to government documents handed to Wikileaks.
He had a mechanical heart valve fitted in 1999 and was on a cocktail of medication including blood thinners. He also had a history of kidney stones and depression, according to the files.
Another of the suspects, Hakeemy, has been the subject of a lengthy campaign by the London-based campaign Reprieve.
He had been described by U.S. authorities as a ‘veteran terrorist’ who had allegedly taken part in fighting in Bosnia and was accused of links with an Algerian Islamist group.
But the charity said he was just a chef who was trying to find a better life. …
Yeah, I’m sure he will be cooking up a great deal.