Alleged Bin Laden Bodyguard Released From Gitmo

Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab al-Rahabi spent 14 years at the U.S. naval base but was never charged with a crime

Osama bin Laden's alleged bodyguard once accused of planning to hijack airliners on 9/11 has been released from the Guantanamo prison camp and transferred to Montenegro, the Department of Defense said Wednesday. 

Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab al-Rahabi, a Yemeni national, spent 14 years at the U.S. naval base but was never charged with a crime. A U.S. review board recommended his transfer after it found in 2014 that he was no longer a threat to the nation.

Montenegro's government said in a statement Wednesday that it had taken responsibility for al-Rahabi's "re-socialization" and "his return to his family." It said al-Rahabi had applied for asylum and was not being detained.

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