Last Sudan inmates sent home from Guantanamo
December 20, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
KHARTOUM -- The last Sudanese prisoners to be released from U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba arrived home Thursday, as U.S. President Barack Obama accelerates efforts to close the controversial facility.
U.S. military personnel helped Mohammed Noor Uthman and Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris onto the exit stairway of a U.S. Air Force transport plane after it landed in Khartoum.
Both former prisoners wore Muslim skull caps, and the bearded Idris smiled as a Sudanese official greeted him.
The United States announced on Wednesday that it had transferred the two men from the controversial prison at a U.S. naval base on the southeastern tip of Cuba. Uthman, 51, and Idris, 52, were both considered by the U.S. military to be members of al-Qaida.