After 18 years in prison in the controversial US Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba, a Pakistani citizen has now been released and returned to his homeland. According to Pakistani media reports, the man was the oldest prisoner in the camp set up by the US under President George W. Bush after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The 75-year-old is back with his family, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in Islamabad on Saturday. He was charged with helping the 9/11 attackers through a financial transaction. He has always denied the allegations. His son was also arrested on charges of supporting the terrorists. He was in prison in the US. However, his sentence was overturned, allowing him to travel to Pakistan last year. The US prison camp in Cuba was set up to hold suspected Islamist terrorists without trial. At times, almost 800 people were detained in the camp, which is located at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay.