Thursday, Dec 18, 2008
An Algerian-born man who has just been freed from Guantanamo Bay has described the US “war on terror” camp as the worst place on Earth, in an interview published in a Bosnian newspaper.
“For almost seven years, I was at the end of the world, at the worst place in the world,” Mustafa Ait Idir told the Dnevni Avaz a day after arriving back in his adopted homeland of Bosnia.
“It would have been hard even if I had done something wrong (but) it is much harder if one is totally innocent,” he said.
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Mr Idir, along with two other detainees released from Guantanamo, Mohamed Nechla and Hadji Boudella, arrived in Bosnia yesterday.
The three, who were held at Guantanamo for almost seven years, were the first inmates to have been released by the US administration of President George W. Bush under a judge’s orders.
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“You can well imagine how happy I am now. We all cried together,” Mr Idir said, referring to his wife and children.
On arrival at Sarajevo airport, the trio were questioned by police and then released to be reunited with their families.