Yemen wants Guantanamo inmates repatriated [Archives:2005/815/Local News]

February 10 2005

Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Kurbi has reiterated calls on the United States to repatriate Yemeni prisoners held at its base in Guantanamo, Cuba.

We want the U.S. government to implement international law and hand over to the Yemeni government its nationals held in Guantanamo and Afghanistan in order to be tried at home, Kurbi said, commenting to the press Monday.

There are an estimated 100 Yemeni nationals held at Guantanamo, in addition to one detained in Afghanistan and two Islamists, notably Mohammed Moayed and his companion Mohammed Zayed, who are being tried in the United States on charges of supporting terrorist organizations.

Since we received information about the existence of Yemeni prisoners in Guantanamo and Afghanistan we have been urging the U.S. authorities to repatriate them, Kurbi said.

Washington has been ignoring our demand and the demands of many other countries that have prisoners in Guantanamo, he added.

He said the Yemeni authorities were still verifying and investigating the identities of the prisoners who hold Yemeni nationality.