You surely don't know the name nor should you, really. But Jawad Jabbar Sadkhan Al-Sahlani was quietly given his freedom Thursday by the U.S. Government and finally allowed to exit the prison at
"Our client, Jawad Al-Sahlani, was released from GTMO today,"
His client was never charged with a crime after being labeled an enemy combatant as a result of claims he'd been associated with the Taliban. He denied the charges and was not allowed to call witnesses to refute the claims. Nobody ever alleged he was with al-Qaeda or was involved in any hostilities against us or any of our allies.
The decision to transfer him to the custody of the Iraqi government was made by a task force created by President Obama and came days before a federal court hearing in
According to a formal statement by the lawyers, "Mr. Al-Sahlani is an innocent refugee from Basra, Iraq, who was imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for over seven years without any charged ever filed against him. He has four children, the youngest of whom he has never met because she was born after he was imprisoned."
His lawyers' version of events is straightforward: Al-Sahlani and family fled
Nearly six years ago, the
"Mr. Al-Sahlani is an Arabic-speaking Shi'ia from
The lawyers' formal statement echoed what Colman had contended succinctly to me, namely that Al-Sahlani "should never have spent one day---let alone more than seven years---at a prison at
So he was transferred to the Iraqi government and there's the hope they'll release him promptly so he can get on with a life with his family, including the child he's never met.
He's presumably also never met the likes of former Vice President Cheney who, one might just hope, would concede that occasionally we really did screw a few innocent people, despite his fervent defense of the war on terror and the Guantanamo prison.
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