Posted on 30 November, 2010 by Mathias Vermeulen
During a February 2009 meeting in their ongoing dialog on US-Kuwait CT cooperation, Kuwaiti Minister of Interior Shaykh Jaber al-Khalid Al Sabah discussed with Ambassador US and Kuwaiti efforts to locate and apprehend terror financiers (including Mohammed Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Al-Ali, aka Jawad/Abu Umar), applauded improved liaison information exchange, expressed skepticism Kuwait would ever develop a rehabilitation center for former GTMO detainees and other extremists supporting jihad, and suggested the US should release current GTMO detainees back into Afghanistan, where they could be killed in combat. Cable 09KUWAIT110
in Wikileaks’ Cablegate offers more details.
Sabah called the Kuwaiti Guantanamo detainees “nasty, unrepentant individuals”. Jaber told the Ambassador:
You know better than I that we cannot deal with these people (i.e. the GTMO detainees). I can’t detain them. If I take their passports, they will sue to get them back (Note: as happened with Al-Ajmi. End note.) I can talk to you into next week about building a rehabilitation center, but it won’t happen. We are not Saudi Arabia; we cannot isolate these people in desert camps or somewhere on an island. We cannot compel them to stay. If they are rotten, they are rotten and the best thing to do is get rid of them. You picked them up in Afghanistan; you should drop them off in Afghanistan, in the middle of the war zone.”
Filed under: Guantanamo, Torture