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Detainees in Guantanamo to be Returned to Yemen

YemenOnline- July 02, 2008- The United States of America has agreed to extradite the Yemeni nationals who are being held without charge in Guantanamo Bay. The prisoners held in the US controlled detention camp will be returned to Yemen (About 100 Yemeni nationals).The release, however, is conditional. The US has coordinated with the Minister of Endowments and Guidance, Hamoud al-Hitar, to have rehabilitation programs to discourage the former detainees from extremist Islam. The US has acknowledged Yemen's success at rehabilitating suspected terrorists, however, some say the inhumane hardships faced in Guantanamo Bay may be difficult to erase from their psyche.

Several dozen Yemeni citizens were arrested by American forces and detained in Guantanamo Bay for suspicion of terrorism. Some were and are still being held for over six years with no trial and no charges. Their cells are kept alight and at uncomfortable temperatures to deprive them of sleep. They are barred from having lawyers but are subjected to grueling interrogations. Allegations of physical torture are not uncommon. Accounts of the desecration of the Koran are rampant. It would be Hamoud al-Hitar's job to ensure that the extradited prisoners would be able to recover from prison life and reestablish themselves in society.

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