A British resident is set to be released from Guantanamo Bay Prison, Reuters is reporting. Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian citizen accused of training at al Qaeda camps and plotting to set off a radioactive bomb in the United States, is to be returned to Britain after spending five years in the controversial U.S. prison camp.
"The UK and U.S. governments have reached agreement on the transfer of Mr Binyam Mohamed from Guantanamo Bay to the UK," the Foreign Office said in a statement. "He will be returned as soon as the practical arrangements can be made."
An anonymous U.S. government official told Reuters that Mohamed could be released as early as Monday. Mohamed claims to have been subjected to torture since being arrested in Pakistan in 2002, and his story has captured widespread media attention in Britain, however Britain’s high court has ruled that any evidence of torture should remain classified for the time being.
"Right now we're just happy,” Mohamed’s attorney Yvonne Bradley said to Sky News. “I'm just thrilled that he is coming back to the UK. His desire is to stay in the UK ... He is not the first resident to be returned home and I hope he gets treated in the same way."
According to British officials, Mohamed will be a free man when he returns to Britain, however his immigration status will be reviewed.
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