5 Oct 2013

Mentally ill Guantanamo Bay prisoner released

4:40 pm on 5 October 2013

A federal judge in the United States has ordered the release of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner suffering from severe mental illness who has been spent much of his time at a psychiatric ward since he arrived at the US naval base more than 11 years ago.

Ibrahim Idris is a native of Sudan who has been held as an enemy combatant but not formally charged.

He was captured with al-Qaeda fighters in 2001 by Pakistani forces while attempting to cross the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Shortly after he arrived in Guantanamo in 2002, an army psychiatrist said Idris suffered from schizophrenia that made it difficult for him to work with his lawyers.

This week, lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice filed court papers indicating the government would no longer oppose his release.