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Two Somaliland-Born Prisoners In Guantanamo Search For New Home

Issue 324
Front Page

Enough Support In Both Houses Of Parliament For Bill Banning Ahmedou Abdallah From Entering Somaliland

Norwegian Firm TGS Spent $10 Million On Geophysical Surveys In Somaliland Says Minerals Ministry Official

KULMIYE’s II Conference Succeeds

Fuad A. Adde Sacked For Accusing Riyale Of Mismanaging Donations For Sool

Somaliland Local Government Re-organisation through Presidential Decrees in an Election Year

Norway To Withdraw From International Contact Group On Somalia

Ethiopian factor surfaces in Puntland oil dispute

Two Somaliland-Born Prisoners In Guantanamo Search For New Home

Politics of one belly

Divide Widens Between Insurgent Groups In Somalia

There can be another Zimbabwe without Bob

No Ethiopian soldiers in Puntland, says leader

Regional Affairs

Somaliland’s Opposition Leader Warns Against Any Delay Of Presidential Elections

Vice-President Ahmed Yusuf and delegation visit Las Anod

France Working to Save Yacht Crew

Special Report

International News

US Marks 40th Anniversary of King Assassination

Pedestrian forced at gunpoint to join bogus-cheque scam, court hears

Blaze death: Dead man became father just two weeks ago

Validating foreign policy folly


My 47-day ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates, by British captain held for ransom

Somaliland: Past, Present And Future


Search for Khouri smoking gun is on

Socotra is precious, humanity-central Island, says study

A Generation Of Career Women

Founder member Henry Allingham on the RAF at 90

Somalia Called 'World's Most Neglected Crisis'

Food for thought


A Message to KULMIYE 2nd Convention: Hargeysa Somaliland

She Is A Surviving Veteran

Somaliland American Council Criticizes Report By UN Official

Welcome in Lascanood, Mr Vice President

Speech By Jenny Sonesson Secretary-General Liberal Women Of Sweden At The Opening Of The KULMIYE Party’s Conference

Somalia: The Need for a Popular Culture


Guantanamo Bay

The men have languished in prison for more than six years

Guantanamo, April 3, 2008 – Two Somaliland-born prisoners in Guantanamo Bay have been cleared for release, but have not been freed as they have nowhere to go, their lawyers say.

Mohammed Hussein Abdullah and his son-in-law Mohammed Suleyman Barre have spent more than six years in the US detention centre on the island of Cuba.

They were arrested in Pakistan, where they had refugee status, after 9/11.

There are safety concerns if they return to Somalia and it is not clear if they can go back to Pakistan.

The BBC's Washington correspondent Abdirahman Aynte says before sending cleared terror suspects home, the US signs a repatriation treaty with foreign governments.

Somalia has not had an effective central government for more than 17 years and is currently plagued by insecurity as Islamist insurgents take on the interim administration and their Ethiopian allies.

Third way

Attorneys for Mr. Abdullah and Mr. Barre at the Centre for Constitutional Rights in New York told the BBC that they are concerned for the safety of the two men if they are returned to Somalia.

The men originally come from Somaliland. But the men do not wish to return there either - and the breakaway Somali territory is not recognized internationally.

Our reporter says no-one seems to know if their refugee status in Pakistan is still intact.

The men were arrested days after the terror attacks on the US in September 2001.

Human rights organizations are urging the US to find a third country, preferably somewhere in Europe, to take them.

"Somalia is not really a place you can send people home to, and there should really be efforts made to resettle them either in Europe or back in Pakistan or in other countries," Joanne Mariner of US-based Human Rights Watch told Voice of America radio.

She said there are two other prisoners at Guantanamo Bay of Somali origin.

Gouled Hassan Dourad is accused of heading a Mogadishu-based network which supported al-Qaeda members in Somalia.

And the Pentagon accuses Abdillahi Sudi Arale of being a courier between al-Qaeda in East Africa and Pakistan and smuggling arms to African extremists.

The US set the camp up in 2002 to hold foreign terror suspects captured during the war against the Taleban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Hundreds have been released without charge but more than 275 remain and the US hopes to try about 80.

Source: BBC


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