[JURIST] The US Department of Defense [official website] announced Tuesday that six detainees have been transferred [press release] from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay and into the custody of other home countries. Two of the transfers were to Tunisia and the four other detainees were transferred to Yemen. The detainees became eligible for transfer from the US military prison after completing a series of reviews. Eighty other current Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have completed the same review and are eligible for transfer or release in the future.
In March, the DOD cleared 55 Guantanamo detainees [JURIST report] for transfer to other prisons. Two more were transferred [JURIST report], one to Morocco and one to Afghanistan, in April. In May, Yemen agreed to receive most of the Yemeni detainees [JURIST report] held at Guantanamo. Earlier this month, the DOD transferred [JURIST report] Abdullahi Sudi Arale, a suspected East Africa al Qaeda courier captured in Somalia, to Guantanamo Bay. Since 2002, approximately 405 detainees have been transferred out of Guantanamo and approximately 375 remain.