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Kenyan Freed From World Toughest Prison After 15Yrs Breaks Silence

  • A Kenyan who was jailed in the world’s toughest prison, Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba, has broken his silence after spending 15 years behind bars.

    Speaking for the first time after being freed, the Kenyan noted that he is eager to return home and reunite with his family.

    Justifying his push to return to Kenya, he explained that while in detention, he learnt some useful skills such as farming which he is ready to put into practice once reunited with his family.

    The detention center is known for some of the toughest conditions in the history of jails including inmates being locked in enclosed cages.

    A prisoner being moved from Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba

    He further detailed that he is a changed man and ready to impact other youths by advising them to shun criminal activities.

    “My family is still ready and willing to receive and support me upon release and in my transition back to society,” he stated.

    According to his lawyer, plans are at advanced stages to repatriate him back to Kenya.

    “He is a Kenyan citizen who has been detained for 15 years without ever being charged with a crime. Despite spending so long in one of the most notorious prisons, my client is focused on the future and he is excited to see his family once again and to spend his life as a family man focused on positivity and charity. I am looking forward to the day when we can celebrate his freedom,” his lawyer stated.

    The family of the freed Kenyan has petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to have their kin repatriated.

    His sister explained that she learnt of his release through the media and friends who called to celebrate with them. 

    She added that her sibling was married and had three children with the youngest turning 15 years months to his release. 

    The Kenyan was released from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba after the Periodic Review Board, a US agency established to determine whether detainees at the facility were guilty, analysed his case. All his charges were dropped by the board.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) meets with U.S President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 14, 2021.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) meets with U.S President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 14, 2021.
    The Standard

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