Guantanamo Bay inmate released, detained in Morocco

Published September 20th, 2015 - 06:06 GMT
Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri was taken into custody shortly after his flight home. (AFP/Jim Watson)
Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri was taken into custody shortly after his flight home. (AFP/Jim Watson)

A Moroccan inmate at the US Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba was released and detained in his home country, AFP reported Sunday.

A Moroccan prosecutor said Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri, 47, was taken into custody Wednesday shortly after he was flown home. Chekkouri was detained in the US military prison for 13 years without charges.

The prosecutor's office said in a statement that the man will appear before prosecution for suspicion of terror-related offenses, as Rabat authorities continue to crack down on escalating extremist threats.

In December 2001 Chekkouri was captured by Pakistani forces after he and a group of Arabs fled an al-Qaeda stronghold in eastern Afghanistan, according to AFP. He was sent to Guantanamo six months later but was never charged.

More than 100 inmates remain at the US military prison, which was opened after 9/11 attacks to detain terror suspects. President Barack Obama has ambitions to shut down the facility during his remaining time in office.


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