Elderly detainee using walker among latest five transferred from Guantanamo

[JURIST] Guantanamo's oldest known detainee was among the five US-held prisoners transferred to Afghanistan [JURIST report] last week, according to his lawyer who found out about the release over the weekend in a US Department of Justice e-mail. Peter King said that Haji Nasrat Khan [Wikipedia profile], who thought he might be as old as 78 although US military records only list him as 71, was so incapacitated that he had to move about the detention camp with a walker. He was also hard of hearing.

Khan was taken into custody after he went to complain about the detention of his son, who was captured by US troops in a compound in Afghanistan with a stock of weapons that he said he was guarding for the Afghan government. The US military says that both men had ties with the Taliban. At Khan's Combatant Status Tribunal Review hearing, he said, according to a US military transcript [PDF, p. 17]:

We have asked our great God that finally there is a tribunal. You are smart people and I have been hurt for the past 17 to 18 years; I could not get up and you brought me here as an enemy combatant. You think yourself how could I be an enemy combatant if I was not able to stand up?
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