US releases Kuwaiti prisoner from Guantanamo Bay
Known as the “forever prisoner,” Fawzi al-Odah has been released from the infamous United States military prison in Guantanamo Bay back to his home country of Kuwait. The 37-year-old man was held in the prison for nearly thirteen years, according to The New York Times, but he was never actually charged with a crime.
The Department of Defense announced the transfer of al-Odah to the Kuwaiti government, although it wasn’t immediately clear how Kuwait will handle the case, including if he’ll be completely freed, according to The Washington Times. Regardless, the move represents a major milestone for al-Odah, who has been pressing for his release for several years.
According to a United States appeals court document on his case from 2010, al-Odah, who was born in Kuwait City in 1977, traveled to Afghanistan in August of 2001. He claims to have gone there to do charity work and teach the Quran to the poor and needy, but the United States government claims he went to join the Taliban in its fight against the Northern Alliance.