The Pentagon transferred a detainee out of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for the first time since President Donald Trump took office, officials announced Wednesday. This was announced by Pentagon spokesman Sarah Higgins, reports Reuters.
As part of his plea, Darbi provided evidence against another Saudi Guantanamo detainee - Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who faces the death penalty on charges he masterminded the MV Limburg attack and the 2000 attack against the USS Cole in Yemen that left 17 dead. After serving the remainder of his sentence, al-Darbi will spend time in a Saudi rehabilitation center for convicted extremists, which aims to help them to assimilate back into society.
"The United States coordinated with the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure standards of safety and humane treatment in the transfer", said Higgins.
The prison, opened by Republican President George W. Bush to hold terrorism suspects captured overseas after the September 11, 2001, attacks came to symbolize harsh detention practices that opened the United States to accusations of torture.
A Pentagon official says the changes apply to those captured in battle and provide guidance on detainees who present a continuing and specific threat to US security.
In contrast, Trump pledged during his campaign to repopulate the prison, saying he wanted to "to load it up with some bad dudes".
"In trying to give new life to a prison that symbolizes America's descent into torture and unlawful indefinite detention, Trump will not make this country any safer", the American Civil Liberties Union said in January.
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Trump also asked the Pentagon to re-examine the U.S. military's detention policy.
Guantanamo Bay now houses 40 detainees.
A Pentagon statement said the policy pertained to situations where detainees "present a continuing, significant threat to the security of the United States".
"We have been engaging with their home countries", Mattis said.
The U.S. military has long struggled with what to do about prisoners of war in an open-ended battle against Islamist extremism, in which militants have come from all corners of the world to fight in places like Syria.
Mattis on Monday said the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, who have been fighting IS, had more than 400 prisoners. "So this is not simple".
Guantanamo has not received any new inmates since 2008, but on the campaign trail Trump vowed to load the facility with "bad dudes", and said it would be "fine" if United States terror suspects were sent there for trial.