Mentally ill Gitmo prisoner to be freed

A Guantanamo Bay prisoner suffering from severe mental illness is set to be released after 11 years of imprisonment.

Federal US District Judge Royce Lamberth on Friday ordered the release of Ibrahim Idris, a native of Sudan, who has been held in prison as an enemy combatant but never formally charged, according to Reuters.

US Department of Justice lawyers on Wednesday filed papers saying that US government no longer opposes Idris™s release without indicating why the government suddenly decided to drop its objection after 11 years.

Considering the situation of other prisoners in Guantanamo Bay waiting for years in limbo for a trial, the release is a significant victory for the prisoner.

A federal judge still has to order Idris™s release before he can be set free after a 30-day notification period for Congress.

Shortly after Idris arrived in Guantanamo in 2002, he was diagnosed as mentally ill and suffering from schizophrenia by an army psychiatrist. He had difficulty working with his lawyers.

Lawyers filed a petition for his release in August 2005 based on his physical inability of being a threat. Wednesday™s release order was a response to that petition, only 8 years ahead.

Doctors say Idris has auditory hallucinations, speaks incoherently and talks to himself and cannot pose any threats to US security.

Idris, who was captured with al-Qaeda fighters in 2001, was attempting to cross the Afghanistan-Pakistan border when he was taken by Pakistani forces.

Most of the Guantanamo™s 164 prisoners are held without any charges. Many have filed petitions for habeas corpus hoping the judge would order their release.


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