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US to release 8 Pakistan detainees from Guantanamo, Bagram

[JURIST] Pakistani Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao [Khyber backgrounder] said Friday that the US plans to release two Pakistani detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST archive] and that Pakistan expects the men to arrive in their home country by October 15. Sherpao also said that six other detainees being held by the US at Bagram Airbase [GlobalSecurity.org backgrounder] in Afghanistan will also be released later this week. The total number of Pakistani detainees being held by the US is now 19 - five in Guantanamo Bay and 14 at Bagram. AFP has more.

The US has slowly been releasing detainees from Guantanamo and transferred 17 detainees [press release] to Afghanistan and Morocco earlier this week. Several of the detainees sent to Afghanistan alleged that they had been subject to mental torture [JURIST report] while held at Guantanamo.

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