CAGE welcomes the release of Younis Chekkouri after serving 13 years at Guantanamo Bay after being captured in Afghanistan.

CAGE Outreach Director and former detainee of Guantanamo Bay and Bagram prisons, Moazzam Begg said:

“Younis Chekkouri has spent an unbelieveable 14 years imprisoned without trial by the world’s most vociferous proponent of freedom and human rights. It is an evidence of the descent into normalisation of arbitrary detention that some feel compelled to thank the United States administration for releasing an innocent man. But there are still 115 men held in Guantanamo, more than half of whom have been cleared for release.”



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(Image provided to the Miami Herald by his legal defense team, Reprieve.)

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