Thursday, March 20, 2014
ARLINGTON, Virginia (AP) — A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who denies U.S. allegations he is a former al-Qaida member says he wants to go home to Yemen and live a peaceful life after 12 years at the military prison in Cuba.
Speaking through a military representative, Ali Ahmad al-Razihi told a prisoner review board Thursday he wants to return to his hometown, get married and build his father's fruit and vegetable business.
The U.S. government says the hearing was to determine whether al-Razihi presents a threat to U.S. security. It was held in Cuba and transmitted by closed-circuit television to a viewing site for reporters and observers near the Pentagon in suburban northern Virginia.
The review board is part of President Barack Obama's effort to close the prison.