The cook of Osama Bin Laden, Ibrahim al-Qosi, held in the Guantanamo prison since 2010, by the United States, has been released.
Al-Qosi was caught in the year 2010 by the United States for providing material support for terrorism and cooperating with the government by providing intelligence on al-Qaeda.
He was serving a 14 years reduced sentence, which was further reduced to two more years- from the date of his conviction- in return of his confession.
Al-Qosi was released on the day of his birthday, making it the most fabulous birthday present from him.
‘I guess you call this probably the best birthday present he ever received,’ Mr Reichler said.
‘One of the main reasons the United States was willing to return him to Sudan was the US confidence in the government of Sudan’s program and its confidence that Mr al-Qosi would not represent any kind of threat to the United States,’ he said.
‘If they had considered him a threat, they would not have released him,’ said his lawyer, Paul Reichler.
AL-Qosi was the first prisoner to be brought into the Guantanamo Bay prison. The prison was constructed to hold men suspected of ties to al-Qaida and the Taliban after the invasion of Afghanistan.
From a high of nearly 700, the population is now down to less than 170. President Barack Obama vowed to close the prison but has been prevented from doing so by Congress.
He was released after pleading guilty in 2010 to providing material support for terrorism and cooperating with the government by providing intelligence on al-Qaeda. His 14 year sentence, already a reduced term, was lowered to two years plus the eight he had already served.
Al-Qosi is getting reacquainted with his wife and two daughters and other family members, whom he has not seen since his capture in early 2002, said his lawyer Paul Reichler.
Al-Qosi, who recently turned 52, was one of the first prisoners kept at the base in Cuba. His release brings the prison population down to 168.
‘I guess you call this probably the best birthday present he ever received,’ Mr Reichler, a Washington-based specialist in international law, said in a phone interview from Greece, where he was speaking at a legal conference.
The Pentagon and state-run media in Sudan confirmed al-Qosi’s release.