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Oldest Guantánamo Prisoner Is Freed After 18 Years Behind Bars Without Charge

HeadlineOct 31, 2022

The oldest prisoner held at Guantánamo Bay has been released after nearly two decades. Seventy-five-year-old Saifullah Paracha returned to his family in Pakistan Saturday. He was never charged with a crime. Paracha’s former lawyer, Shelby Sullivan-Bennis, said her client was beloved by fellow prisoners and guards and became the “Uncle of Guantánamo.” There are 35 prisoners still languishing at Guantánamo Bay. Twenty of those are eligible for transfer, and three are eligible for review.

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