This was a heartfelt call for 87 cleared prisoners at Guantanamo - and three others, designated for indefinite detention without charge or trial -- to be released immediately, as their ongoing imprisonment is a monstrous betrayal of justice. The three additional men are the last two Kuwaitis in Guantanamo, Fayiz al-Kandari and Fawzi al-Odah, and Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison.
However, almost as soon as we published the article, we received terrible news -- a prisoner had died at Guantanamo at the weekend, the ninth prisoner to die at the prison. On Tuesday, it was announced that the man in question was Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, who was cleared for release in 2006 by a military review board under George W. Bush, and in 2009 by Barack Obama’s interagency Guantánamo Review Task Force. He also had his habeas corpus petition granted by a federal judge in July 2010.
However, instead of being released, Latif had his successful habeas petition thrown out by the D.C. Circuit Court last October, and in June this year the Supreme Court also failed him, refusing to get involved when he -- and six others -- appealed for justice.
He and 57 other Yemenis cleared for release were also failed by Congress, who took advantage of the capture, on Christmas Day 2009, of a failed plane bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian recruited in Yemen, to insist that no more Yemenis should be released from Guantánamo, and by President Obama, who issued a moratorium on releasing any Yemenis that is still in place, and that led directly to Adnan Latif's death.
In response to this tragic story, we published an article, entitled, Lawyers' Statement on Adnan Latif, the Latest Prisoner to Die at Guantánamo, which includes a powerful statement by his attorneys, which we hope you will circulate to your friends and family, to encourage them to join our campaign.
Just an email is required to help us to continue to build our campaign to persuade the government that Guantanamo must be closed now! We must make sure that Adnan Latif's death was not in vain.
Thanks for your support, as ever.
The "Close Guantanamo" team