DOD Announces Transfer of 2 Guantanamo Detainees

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2013 – The Department of Defense yesterday announced the transfer of Noor Uthman Muhammed and Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the government of Sudan.

On Feb. 18, 2011, Muhammed pleaded guilty in a military commission to offenses under the Military Commissions Act of 2009, and was sentenced to 14 years confinement, according to a Defense Department news release announcing the repatriation. In exchange for his guilty plea and Muhammed’s cooperation with prosecutors, the Convening Authority for Military Commissions agreed through a pre-trial agreement to suspend all confinement in excess of 34 months. Following the completion of the unsuspended portion of his sentence as of Dec. 3, 2013, the United States government has repatriated Muhammed to Sudan.

Idris was released from Guantanamo in accordance with a court order issued on Oct. 4, 2013, by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, according to the release. Idris has been designated for transfer since 2009 by unanimous consent among all six departments and agencies on the Guantanamo Review Task Force. As directed by the president’s Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the task force conducted a comprehensive review of Idris’s case, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, in making that designation.

In accordance with congressionally mandated reporting requirements, the administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer these individuals, the release said.

The United States coordinated with the government of Sudan regarding appropriate security measures and to ensure that these transfers are consistent with our humane treatment policy, according to the release.

Today, 158 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay, the release said.

 

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