Wrongly detained Pakistani taxi driver released from infamous Guantanamo after 17 years
Ahmed Rabbani has never met his 19-year-old son, Jawad, who was born after he was taken into US imprisonment.
A Pakistani taxi driver named Ahmed Rabbani was recently released from the infamous detention camp run by the CIA after 17 years.
Rabbani is a Pakistani imprisoned by the US military since 2004 in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He was abducted in Karachi by the Pakistani secret service, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), on the 10th of September 2002.
It was later revealed that his case was of mistaken identity, with the ISI assuming that he was a Pakistani Al-Qaeda terrorist, Hassan Ghul.
According to a press release by Reprieve-a nonprofit organization fighting for the victims of extreme human rights abuses-Rabbani was unanimously cleared for release by the Periodic Review Board (PRB) of Guantánamo on the 22nd of October.
As quoted in the press release, Mark Maher, who works for Reprieve, said that “Ahmed’s clearance was long overdue.”
Rabbani has never met his son, Jawad, who was born after he was taken into US imprisonment.
Reprieve backs Ahmed’s clearance and now asks the US government to make speedy arrangements for his transfer to Pakistan so that he may reunite with his family.
Maher added, “The PRB result is a positive step, but we won’t celebrate until Ahmed is back with his family in Karachi and able to hug his 19-year-old son for the first time.”
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