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guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 19, 2017
Guantanamo prisoner loses
bid for release before Trump
prisoner from Algeria has lost
a last-minute legal maneu-
ver to go home before Pres-
ident-elect Donald Trump
A US government review board
approved the repatriation of
44-year-old Sufyian Barhoumi
back in July. But Defense Secre-
tary Ash Carter did not give final
approval to his release earlier this
month as required by law.
That means Barhoumi will not
be among the prisoners being
released in the final days of the
Attorney Shane Kadidal feared
Barhoumi may not go free under
Trump and filed an emergency
court petition seeking his re-
lease. US District Judge Rose-
mary Collyer in Washington
denied the request yesterday.
Kadidal said he would proba-
bly not appeal with time running
out before the inauguration.
There are now 45 prisoners at
the US base in Cuba. (AP)
Puerto Ricans cheer commuta-
tion for Oscar Lopez
SAN JUAN---Car horns rang
out across Puerto Rico and
people celebrated in the streets
Tuesday after President Barack
Obama announced he had com-
muted the prison sentence of
74-year-old nationalist Oscar
Many Puerto Ricans have long
demanded his release, and some
wept with emotion upon hearing
the news while others headed to
all-night parties announced on
His lawyer, Jan Susler, said she
broke the news of the release to
Lopez, who was sentenced to 55
years in prison for his role in a vi-
olent struggle for independence
for the US island territory. (AP)
Washington---President Barack Obama on
Tuesday overruled his secretary of defence
to commute the sentence of former Army sol-
dier Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of
stealing and disseminating 750,000 pages of
documents and videos to WikiLeaks.
The decision---which a senior defense official
told CNN was made over the objections of Secre-
tary of Defense Ash Carter---immediately touched
off a controversy in the closing days of the Obama
A former intelligence official described being
"shocked" to learn of Obama's decision, adding
that the "entire intelligence community is deflated
by this inexplicable use of executive power." The
official said the move was "deeply hypocritical giv-
en Obama's denunciation of WikiLeaks' role in the
hacking of the (Democratic National Committee)."
A presidential commutation reduces the sen-
tence being served but it does not change the fact
of conviction, whereas a pardon forgives a certain
Manning, a transgender woman, was serving
a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth, an all-
male Army prison in eastern Kansas, despite her
request to transfer to a civilian prison. A White
House statement on Tuesday said her prison sen-
tence is set to expire on May 17.
Who is Chelsea Manning?
The material, which WikiLeaks published in
2010, included a classified video of a US helicopter
attacking civilians and journalists in Iraq in 2007.
Labeled "Collateral Murder," the film drew crit-
icism from human rights activists for the deaths
of innocent people.
Though found guilty on 20 out of 22 possible
charges (including violating the US Espionage Act),
Manning was not convicted of the most serious
one; aiding the enemy, which could have earned
the private a life sentence.
Instead, the former intelligence analyst was sen-
tenced to prison, as well as demoted from private
first class to private and dishonorably discharged.
Nancy Hollander, an attorney for Manning, told
CNN the former soldier has been "nervous the last
few days" as she waited for word in the closing days
of the Obama administration. Hollander said she
only learned of the commutation around the time
Obama made the announcement.
President-elect Donald Trump did not imme-
diately comment on the matter, but when asked
about WikiLeaks in the wake of the releases in
2010, he told Fox News' Brian Kilmeade: "I think
it's disgraceful. I think there should be like death
penalty or something."
"Chelsea Manning exposed serious abuses,
and as a result, her own human rights have been
violated by the US government for years," Mar-
garet Huang, the group's executive director, said
in a statement. "President Obama was right to
commute her sentence, but it is long overdue. It
is unconscionable that she languished in prison
for years while those allegedly implicated by the
information she revealed still haven't been brought
to justice." (CNN)
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