(FiveNation.com)- Pakistani brothers who had been detained by the US for twenty years at the Guantanamo Bay military prison were finally released by American authorities and allowed to return to their native country.
According to those in charge of security and a senator from Pakistan, they would be returned to their families after being questioned formally by the authorities in Pakistan.
Reports show that in 2002, Pakistani authorities in Karachi, the main southern port city in the nation, detained Abdul and Mohammed Rabbani on suspicion that they had connections to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
The detainee assessment indicates that Abdul was not believed to have had specific information about Al-Qaeda operations even though he was accused of working for KSM (Khalid Sheikh Mohammed), the terrorist behind the attacks of September 11.
It was claimed that Mohammed indoctrinated his elder brother to participate in terrorist activities. It is suspected that he coordinated travel and funding for KSM and Abud al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was the architect behind the suicide bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, which resulted in the deaths of 17 United States servicemen.
Reports reveal the brothers were never accused of committing crimes throughout their twenty years of detention in US custody. They claim that after spending around 18 months in prison in Afghanistan, they were transferred to Gitmo in 2004, where they were subjected to torture.
According to the documents kept by the United States military, the brother produced information of little significance and did not retract comments made during interrogations, even though such statements were gained via the use of physical abuse.
It is unknown why the two brothers have been held in custody for such a lengthy period of time, given that their transfer in 2021 was allowed.
According to the Department of Defense website, there are currently 32 detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay. Eighteen of these detainees are eligible to be transferred, the military is trying nine, and two detainees have been found guilty.