GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - The Department of
Defense announced today the transfer of Salem Abdu Salam Ghereby and
Omar Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker Mahjour Umar from the detention facility
at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Senegal.
As directed by the president's Jan. 22,
2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force
conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that
review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues,
Ghereby was unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and
agencies comprising the task force.
On Aug. 20, 2015, the Periodic Review
Board consisting of representatives from the Departments of Defense,
Homeland Security, Justice, and State; the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and
the Office of the Director of National Intelligence determined continued
law of war detention of Umar does not remain necessary to protect
against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United
States. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors,
including security issues, Umar was recommended for transfer by
consensus of the six departments and agencies comprising the Periodic
Review Board. The Periodic Review Board process was established by the
president's March 7, 2011 Executive Order 13567.
In accordance with statutory requirements,
the secretary of defense informed Congress of the United States' intent
to transfer these individuals and of the secretary's determination that
these transfers meets the statutory standard.
Today, 89 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.
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