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Yemen man detained at Guantanamo Bay to be freed
1 year ago

A US government review panel has determined a man from Yemen detained at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for more than a decade can be released.

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Mahmud Mujahid, 33, had been accused of being an al-Qaeda fighter and bodyguard to Osama Bin Laden.

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He was held at the detention centre since 2002 but never formally charged.

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He was the first to appear before a review board convened by US President Barack Obama in an effort to close down Guantanamo, which houses 155 men.

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The six-member review panel determined he no longer posed a continuing significant threat to the US on Thursday.

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He was reportedly one of dozens of prisoners previously deemed too dangerous for release but who could not be prosecuted due to lack of evidence or adequate jurisdiction.

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A Pentagon spokesman told US media on Thursday no decision had yet been made on when Mr Mujahid would be released from the facility.

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"It's been a long time coming," Mr Mujahid's lawyer, David Remes, told the Associated Press news agency.

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"He never should have been held and now after 12 years he should be reunited with his family," he added. "There is no longer any excuse for keeping him at Guantanamo."

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25677251

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