Gitmo Detainee Who Died This Weekend Won Release Before Appeals Court Reversal

The Guantanamo Bay detainee who died this weekend was Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, a 30-something father and husband from Yemen who won the case challenging his detention, before having it overturned by a federal appeals court. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review his case. The Department of Defense determined in 2004 that Latif “is not known to have participated in combatant/terrorist training” and had twice recommended that Latif be transferred out of Guantánamo. In 2009, an Obama administration task force also recommended his transfer. Latif, who was suicidal and suffered from mental illness, was the ninth detainee to die, and the fourth since President Obama took office. Adnan’s lawyer, David Remes, said, “He never posed a threat to the United States, and he never should have been brought to Guantanamo. The military has not stated a cause of death. However Adnan died, it was Guantanamo that killed him.”