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May 3rd, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

I honestly don’t even know what to say about this beyond saying that it’s about goddamn time:

Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj has been released from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay and is being flown to Sudan, according to sources.

Al-Hajj’s family is expected to greet him when he lands in the capital Khartoum late on Thursday.

Once he arrives, al-Hajj will undergo a series of medical checks.

Al-Hajj was seized by Pakistani intelligence officers while travelling near the Afghan border in December 2001.

Despite holding a legitimate visa to work for Al Jazeera’s Arabic channel in Afghanistan, he was handed to the US military in January 2002 and sent to Guantanamo Bay.

Al-Hajj, who is originally from Sudan, was held as an “enemy combatant” without ever facing a trial or charges.

He has been on hunger strike since January 7, 2007.

[EDIT] Video of his return home:

It’s in Arabic, but I don’t think you need to understand what’s being said in order to grasp the significance of the scene. Emaciated and strapped to a stretcher, but grinning widely as well-wishers rush over to kiss him gently on the face while he’s wheeled out of an ambulance.

It’s powerful footage.


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