Last Kuwaiti prisoner released from Guantanamo Bay prison

Last Kuwaiti prisoner released from Guantanamo Bay prison after his detention was found no longer necessary in protecting security of United States

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Detainees are seen inside the Camp 6 detention facility at Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba in this May 31, 2009 file photo

The US repatriated the last Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay prisoner Faez Mohammed Ahmed al Kandari on Friday after his detention was found to be no longer necessary in protecting the security of the country.

Before his charges were dropped in 2012, Faez Kandari had been accused of providing material support for terrorism and conspiracy for providing training at an Al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan, and giving spiritual advice and assistance to Osama bin Laden.

Kandari denied committing any terrorist acts or having any affiliations with Al Qaeda.

Kandari's lawyer, Eric Lewis of the Washington firm Lewis Baach PLLC, said Kandari will undergo a medical examination and then be put into a Kuwaiti government rehabilitation program to help him reintegrate into society.

He will be kept in a rehabilitation centre on the grounds of the Kuwait central prison as an inpatient and will be kept there until he completes the program successfully.

"Mr. Al Kandari is delighted to be going home and reuniting with his beloved parents and family after all these years away," Lewis said.

During a review hearing, Lewis said a Kuwaiti official said he views Faez “as well within the mainstream of religious thought in Kuwait, as non-violent and in no way an extremist.”

Kandari, the last of 12 Kuwaitis who had been at Guantanamo, was cleared for release by Guantanamo’s interagency review mechanism, Periodic Review Board in September, after it found that his detention "does not remain necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States."

During his presidential campaign and throughout his term in office, US President Barack Obama vowed several times to close Guantanamo Bay.

The administration has increased efforts towards that aim, transferring Guantanamo detainees to their home countries or to third countries, but the process has been stalled by the Republican controlled US Congress.

The only ways that the cases of detainees are being reviewed is through military courts and periodic review boards.

It would take years to process all of the detainee cases through this system due to the slow pace of current review mechanisms.

There are currently 104 detainees, including 46 who have been cleared for release, left in Guantanamo.

TRTWorld and agencies