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U.S. may free suspected Osama bin Laden bodyguard at Gitmo
« on: March 21, 2014, 11:51:38 AM »

An accused bodyguard of killed al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden may win his freedom from Guantanamo Bay, the latest in a White House push to clear and close the Cuba-based facility.

Ali Ahmad Razihi said at a Periodic Review Board hearing on Thursday at the Pentagon that he only wants to go home to Yemen, marry and work his family’s fruit and vegetable farm, and that he’s about as far from being a terrorist as can be, The Los Angeles Times reported. Lawyers for the U.S. military, in response, said they couldn’t assuredly say whether his stated desire is true or not — and whether he’s a threat to American security.

The hearings were implemented by President Obama and his staff as a means of letting free inmates at Gitmo who are no longer a threat to America — with a goal toward shuttering the facility.

Razihi was caught in December 2001 en route from Yemen to Afghanistan for al Qaeda training, and reportedly working in bin Laden’s security force, The Los Angeles Times reported.

He’s “consistently denied involvement with al Qaeda or any other extremist group,” yet “almost certainly” advised his family that he was going to partner with al Qaeda, lawyers said, during the hearing, The Los Angeles Times reported. Moreover, he had several aliases that have appeared on al Qaeda rosters and documents.

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