Gitmo Detainee Declines Resettlement, Wants To Be Closer To Family

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Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images

Two Guantamano Bay detainees were on Thursday transferred to various destinations. The Pentagon announced that  Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed Al Sawah, an Egyptian, was transferred to Bosnia, while Abd Al-Aziz Abdallah Ali-Suwaydi, a Yemeni, was also transferred to Montenegro.

But a third detainee, Mohammed Bwazir declined to be transferred.

Garry Ross, spokesman for Pentagon declined to discuss the details of the detainee’s decision not to accept the resettlement package .

“We cannot discuss the details of a detainee’s decision not to accept resettlement in a third country, other than to note that he declined to accept the offer for resettlement. The detainee remains approved for transfer”.

But the Miami Herald reports that, Mohammed Bwazir declined resettlement because he feared going to a country where he did not have any family.

According to Defense Officials, even though the exercise is aimed at reducing the prisoner population at Guantanamo Bay, transfer of prisoners is not time bond.

President Obama in 2009 signed an Executive Order to close the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba within a year.

In December, the Pentagon notified Congress that  17 detainees had been approved for transfer, which would have brought the population to 90. With the latest announcement, 91 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.