The Pentagon has transferred an individual held at Guantanamo Bay to his native country of Morocco in what is believed to be the first detainee transfer of the Biden administration.
Abdul Latif Nasir, 56, was recommended for repatriation in 2016 by the Periodic Review Board, set up by then-President Obama in 2011 to determine whether individuals should continue to be held without charge.
At the time, the PRB assessed that Nasir “no longer remained necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the national security of the United States.”
The board recommended he be sent back to Morocco “subject to security and human treatment assurances.”
Nasir’s release was stalled, however, under then-President Donald Trump.
In a press release Monday, the Department of Defense thanked Morocco for “its long-time partnership in securing both countries’ national security interests,” which noted that the kingdom was supporting US “efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility.”
Abdul Latif Nasir was recommended