Another Man Approved for Transfer From Guantánamo on Eve of Prison’s 20th Anniversary

Guled Hassan Duran Is First So-Called “High Value” Detainee to Be Approved

January 10, 2022 – In response to news that our client Guled Hassan Duran was approved for transfer by a periodic review board, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement:

We are pleased that our client Guled Hassan Duran has been approved for transfer from Guantánamo.  Mr. Duran has never posed a threat to the U.S. or its allies, and he never should have been detained. 

Mr. Duran is the first so-called “high value” detainee previously held in secret CIA detention approved for transfer through the administrative Periodic Review Board process. 

We look forward to working with the Biden administration to promptly transfer Mr. Duran and reunite him with his family.

Mr. Duran is represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights, Sabrina P. Shroff, and Army Major Michael Lyness of the Military Commissions Defense Organization.

The Center for Constitutional Rights has led the effort to bring justice to Guantánamo for the last 20 years. We were the first organization to file a case on behalf of men detained there, the first civilians to go there, and the first to meet with a survivor of the CIA torture program. We organized hundreds of attorneys to ensure that anyone held at Guantánamo who wanted legal representation could have it. We have made hundreds of trips to the base to visit our clients and advocated for them in legal proceedings from Guantánamo to the U.S. Supreme Court to the International Criminal Court. 

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January 10, 2022