The former Guantánamo detainee Abdul Latif Nasser was reunited together with his household in Casablanca only a day after U.S. troops turned him over to Moroccan state custody, his attorneys stated Tuesday.
U.S. troops airlifted Mr. Nasser, 56, from Guantánamo Bay on Monday within the first launch of a detainee from the jail by the Biden administration. American and Moroccan officers had agreed to safety preparations for his return within the final days of the Obama administration, however the deal was placed on maintain when President Donald J. Trump halted all transfers upon taking office.
“He is ecstatic,” stated Bernard E. Harcourt, a New York-based lawyer and regulation professor, who represented Mr. Nasser in federal court docket. He and his co-counsel, Thomas Anthony Durkin, spoke to Mr. Nasser by telephone at his household residence in Casablanca, and declared the previous prisoner of greater than 19 years in good spirits. He was significantly buoyed by being reunited with prolonged relations who had gathered for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holy day often known as the Feast of Sacrifice, Mr. Harcourt added.
“He did say it was amazing for him to go home when all his family was there,” Mr. Harcourt stated.
Mr. Nasser’s authorized standing in his residence nation was unclear. He was held for a time Monday in a jail close to Casablanca, and Moroccan justice officers stated in a press release that the police have been investigating him for alleged involvement in terrorism.
The investigation was commonplace. Previous Moroccan residents who have been repatriated from Guantánamo have been held for days, if not months, and a few have been charged with terror-related offenses.
The London-based authorized and human rights advocacy agency Reprieve stated in a press release that Mr. Nasser wouldn’t be doing interviews with information organizations “for the foreseeable future.” It quoted him within the assertion as declaring that, though he was born on March 4, he thought of himself “born again on July 19,” the day of his launch from U.S. army detention.