Moroccan detainee released from Guantanamo reported missing

[JURIST] The Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) [advocacy website, in French] says that a Moroccan detainee held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST archive] who was supposedly transferred to the government of Morocco [official website] on October 12 is missing, according to his family. Younes Chekkouri was allegedly arrested in Afghanistan [Le Reporter backgrounder, in French] for helping Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar recruit Moroccan supporters. A letter from the family said they knew nothing of his whereabouts and have heard nothing from the government. AMDH has demanded an investigation into the conduct of Morocco's justice, interior and security ministers in the matter. The US Department of Defense stated in a press release [text] on October 12 that it released one Moroccan detainee, but did not give his name.

There were once some 19 Moroccan detainees [WP list] being held at Guantanamo Bay. The US government believes there are only 3 Moroccan detainees remaining in custody but that some Islamic groups believe there are 4. AFP has more.

 

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