At a Glance
Mr. Al-Bihani appeared before President Obama's new Periodic Review Board (PRB) on April 8, 2014. In May 2014, the Obama administration approved him for transfer from Guantanamo, but he remains at the prison.
Ghaleb Nasser Al-Bihani is a Yemeni citizen born in 1979 in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. In early 2002, Mr. Al-Bihani was transferred to Guantanamo, where he has been detained for well over a decade without charge. Mr. Al-Bihani has never been accused of having raised arms against the United States. He has been imprisoned since 2002 on the basis of allegations that he was an assistant cook for Arab forces supporting the Taliban in an Afghan conflict against the Northern Alliance before 9/11. Both the D.C. District Court and the D.C. Court of Appeals upheld his detention on this basis, and the Supreme Court refused to grant his request to hear his case in April 2011.
In April 2014, Mr. Al-Bihani appeared before the Obama administration’s Periodic Review Board to demonstrate his efforts to prepare for a better future and his hopes for a new beginning. In May 2014, the Board approved Mr. Al-Bihani for transfer from Guantanamo, finding “credible his commitment to building a peaceful life” and determining that his continued detention was unecessary. He hopes to start a new life in a new country. He awaits his freedom.
Read Mr. Al-Bihani's client profile here.