RABAT, Morocco – A former Guantanamo detainee released from the U.S. detention center last month after 13 years is facing a hearing in his native Morocco, two days after the U.S. government said evidence against him was unreliable.
Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri has been imprisoned outside Rabat since he was transferred in September. His lawyers at the human rights organization Reprieve released a letter Thursday from the U.S. Justice Department confirming that federal attorneys no longer relied upon claims that Chekkouri founded a Moroccan Islamist extremist group known as GICM.
Chekkouri's lawyers say Thursday's hearing is to determine whether to free or charge him. They have not been allowed inside.
He was captured by Pakistan in December 2001 as he fled Afghanistan with other suspected al-Qaida fighters and turned over to the United States.