US to release third Gitmo detainee following status review

[JURIST] The Defense Department has announced that a third detainee at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic] will be released after a Combatant Status Review Tribunal [official website] determined he was not an enemy combatant. The Defense Department said Wednesday the tribunals had recently conducted 87 status review proceedings, only changing the status of one detainee. The Department did not provide details on the detainee to be released, but said it would provide further information after he was transferred. Combatant Status Review Tribunals have been used to review the cases of those held at Guantanamo Bay since being captured in Afghanistan in 2002. Of 330 cases reviewed thus far, only three detainees have been released. All other detainees have been deemed properly classified. The US has, however, released other detainees from Guantanamo Bay prior to their cases being reviewed. Read the Defense Department press release.

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