United States transfers 15 Guantanamo Bay prisoners to UAE
Washington: With a desire to close the prison before leaving office, United States (US) President Barack Obama has sent as many as 15 inmates from Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay detention camp to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
It may be mentioned that the released detainees include 12 Yemeni nationals as well as three Afghans. Few of them were held without charge for over 14 years. “After this largest transfer of prisoners during Obama’s administration, the total number of inmates has been decreased to 61 at the detention camp,” said Pentagon, the headquarters of US defence department.
According to President Obama, the existence of Guantanamo Bay detention facility has always been hampering the amity between US and the countries helpful in fighting against terrorism.
About Guantanamo Bay:
- It is a detention facility on an American naval base situated in south-eastern Cuba.
- The jail was established by former President George Walker Bush in January 2002.
- It was aimed at accommodating foreign terror suspects in the wake of September 11 attacks in the country.
- According to official records, as many as 779 persons have been put in prison at the camp since it opened.