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Prisoner from Guantanamo remains held in Morocco despite what lawyers say was promised release

  • FILE - In this photo dated Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 American lawyer, Cori Crider, shows a portrait of Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri a former Guantanamo detainee released from the U.S. detention center, during a press conference held in Rabat, Morocco. Chekkouri has been held for more than six weeks without formal charges in Morocco despite what his lawyers say were assurances from the U.S. government that he would be quickly released upon return to his homeland.  Chekkouri is expected to appear Wednesday before a judge. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)

    FILE - In this photo dated Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 American lawyer, Cori Crider, shows a portrait of Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri a former Guantanamo detainee released from the U.S. detention center, during a press conference held in Rabat, Morocco. Chekkouri has been held for more than six weeks without formal charges in Morocco despite what his lawyers say were assurances from the U.S. government that he would be quickly released upon return to his homeland. Chekkouri is expected to appear Wednesday before a judge. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this photo dated Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 American lawyer, Cori Crider, right, shows a portrait of Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri a former Guantanamo detainee released from the U.S. detention center while American lawyer Joe Pace presents an unclassified document from the US government on the case of Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri during a press conference held in Rabat, Morocco. Chekkouri has been held for more than six weeks without formal charges in Morocco despite what his lawyers say were assurances from the U.S. government that he would be quickly released upon return to his homeland. Chekkouri is expected to appear Wednesday before a judge. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)

    FILE - In this photo dated Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 American lawyer, Cori Crider, right, shows a portrait of Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri a former Guantanamo detainee released from the U.S. detention center while American lawyer Joe Pace presents an unclassified document from the US government on the case of Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri during a press conference held in Rabat, Morocco. Chekkouri has been held for more than six weeks without formal charges in Morocco despite what his lawyers say were assurances from the U.S. government that he would be quickly released upon return to his homeland. Chekkouri is expected to appear Wednesday before a judge. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)  (The Associated Press)

A former prisoner at Guantanamo Bay has been held for more than six weeks without formal charges in Morocco despite what his lawyers say were U.S. government assurances that he would be quickly released upon return to his homeland.

Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri, who spent 13 years in Guantanamo without being charged, is expected to appear Wednesday before a Moroccan judge. His brother Ridouane says "it is as if he is in Guantanamo again."

His family says they haven't been told why he's being held, though there are indications it's linked to alleged past involvement in an extremist group.

His case has angered rights activists. His release was part of a renewed push by President Barack Obama to close the Guantanamo detention center by releasing prisoners deemed to pose no threat.