US releases Algerian prisoner from Guantanamo

The US military says it has sent home a Guantanamo prisoner whose release was ordered by a court.

Last Updated: Jan 07, 2011, 13:48 PM IST

San Juan: The US military says it has sent home a Guantanamo prisoner whose release was ordered by a court.

Algerian native Saiid Farhi had been held without charge at the US base in Cuba for nearly nine years. The Department of Defense announced his release yesterday and said it came after a comprehensive review of his case.

A federal court in Washington DC ordered that the US release Farhi in November 2009.
The US now holds 173 prisoners at Guantanamo.

President Barack Obama pledged to close the detention centre shortly after his inauguration, but his efforts have been thwarted by Congress.

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