Yemen to Inspect Condition of 21 Yemeni Detainees at Guantnamo [Archives:2002/05/Front Page]

January 28 2002

Yemeni official sources said Yemen officially requested the USA to accept Yemen’s participation in interrogating Yemeni detainees in Afghanistan who were arrested by the US forces there.
The sources said Yemen’s request aimed to collect more information about the USS Cole suicide bombing to be used in the investigation being carried out and to close the file of the incident as soon as possible.
A Yemeni team of investigation was likely to fly to Pakistan to take part in the interrogation of the Yemeni prisoners. But due to their transfer to Kandahar and to the US military base in Guantanamo; the flight was called off.
Reliable sources said the number of Yemeni prisoners at the Guantanamo base rose up to 21.
The Yemeni government is still making contacts with the USA and the Red Cross organization so that the Yemeni ambassador in Cuba is allowed to visit the prisoners and know about their condition.
The Yemeni ambassador in the USA Mr. Abdulwahab al-Hajri is still following up the Yemeni request to obtain approval of the US administration, which has not yet responded in any way.
On the other hand, the commander of the Special Task Forces at the US Central Command is likely to arrive in Yemen in a few days to conduct training of the Yemeni Special Tasks Forces so as to be able to crack down on terrorism and tribal kidnappings of foreigners.
He will be accompanied by 12 military experts who are to carry out the training of the Yemeni Special Tasks Forces. The Yemeni Special Tasks Forces will also be provided with military devices that will help them in their task like airplanes, which have been used in Afghanistan.