U.S. judge orders release of Sudanese prisoner at Guantanamo

A judge ordered the release of the Sudanese prisoner held at Guantanamo for 11 years. (File photo: Reuters)

A U.S. judge ordered the release of a 50-year old Sudanese prisoner at Guantanamo Bay who had suffered from severe mental illness since he arrived to the naval base 11 years ago, reported Reuters news agency.

Ibrahim Idris has been held as an enemy combatant but was not formally charged.

His release decision came after the U.S. Department of Justice filed court papers on Wednesday indicating the government would no longer oppose his release.

Idris’ lawyer had previously argued that his client was quite severe that he could not post a threat to security, but the court papers from the U.S. Department of Justice did not specify why the government decided to drop its objection.

Idris was captured with al-Qaeda fighters in 2001 by Pakistani forces over the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

He arrived at Guantanamo Bay in 2002 where a U.S army psychiatrist diagnosed him with mental illness including schizophrenia.

(With Reuters)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:40 - GMT 06:40