On 17th October 2016, the U.S. government transferred Mohamedou Ould Slahi to his native Mauritania, where he reunited with his long awaiting family.
Here’s this first video of the “Guantánamo Diary” author Mohamedou Slahi, released from Gitmo after 14 years without charge or trial.
The release comes after he was first brought by the United States to the prison at Guantánamo Bay. A panel of U.S. national security, intelligence, and other officials cleared Slahi for release in July after determining that he poses no significant threat to the United States. Slahi said about his release:
“I feel grateful and indebted to the people who have stood by me,
I have come to learn that goodness is transnational, transcultural, and trans-ethnic. I’m thrilled to reunite with my family.”
With Slahi’s release, 60 prisoners remain in Guantánamo, 19 of whom have been cleared for release.
Hina Shamsi, one of Slahi’s attorneys and director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project said:
“Dozens of other men still remain trapped in Guantánamo. With time running out, President Obama must double down and not just close the prison, but end the unlawful practice of indefinite detention that it represents.”
Here are some of the comments left by Facebookers on the video, including by his nephew, Mohamed Salem O Sallahi:
Aziz Aya puts some light on what Slahi and his family had to endure whilst appreciating the American people who suppprted the release:
And finally there were many, non-Muslims included, who left touching comments feeling sorry for what Slahi had to go through due to the American government: