March 23rd, 2010
09:15 PM ET

3 Gitmo detainees handed over to nation of Georgia

Three Guantanamo Bay prison detainees have been flown to the nation of Georgia and handed over to the Tblisi government, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. U.S. officials did not identify those released, or say whether they expected the three men to be released by Georgian authorities.

The transfer reduces to 183 the number of prisoners still detained at Guantanamo more than two months after President Barack Obama's self-imposed deadline to close the facility. One of those remaining is Mohammmed Oul Slahi, whom a federal judge Monday ordered released.

Judge James Robinson stunned prosecutors when he ruled Slahi should be freed. He is described in court documents as a known al Qaeda operative who, according to the 9/11 Commission, had provided assistance to three of the 9/11 suicide hijackers.

Government officials said they were reviewing the case to determine whether to appeal the ruling. In the meantime, they will continue to hold Slahi. Although Slahi's native Mauritania has charges pending against him, U.S. officials have indicated they may have to keep and eventually charge Slahi if they can't find a suitable destination for him.

He is among the longest-held captives. He was captured in Mauritania in late 2001.

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Henry Flynn

    We have a separate dictator in our AG. He can do whatever he wants, anytime he wants and no one can question him.
    In my thinking, the people should know, in advance, what his plans are, but, to avoid any disagreement with the people, he just does what he wants. Of course, the president put him in charge and will not go against him!!!

    March 23, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DreWhite

    Unbelievable!!!
    If a Federal Judge ordered the release of Mohammmed Oul Slahi, then why is he still being detianed?
    If all these people who were "suspected" of the crimes of 9/11 are being released due to lack of evidence, then its time for another investigation. We must bring Justice to the guilty.

    March 23, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mohammad A Dar

    Imprison a free man on suspicion of a crime, can not prove it even by water boarding him, found guilty of no crime, Desroyed his life and have no guilt. Not a American Way. The way of the Zionist( Self desired) and the Nazis (Self desired) and than wonder why they are fighting. It has ashamed America, did not help make it make safe.

    March 23, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alvaro SS

    is the american government so close that they cant see that they are seeding terrorists around the globe?
    These jihadists (if they were not, now they are!) are very good at convinving people! (remember the suicide bombers) and now they will be around the globe, in prisons with bad guys that have nothing to loose, therefore will be new jihadists from different countries that no one will actually be expecting...
    not a smart move....

    March 24, 2010 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lennybaby

    With all this mob mentality,these guys don't have a chance.The right-wing media will use them to instill a right-wing frenzy in the people and keep the war fever alive.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |