- Guantanamo Jumpsuit Detainees; Source: Truthout.org
Adnan Latif was brought to Guantanamo in 2002 after he was arrested near the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was accused of training with the Taliban but had never been charged. In 2010, a Federal District Court ordered him to be released but the ruling was overturned by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2011.
According to his lawyer and court records, Latif repeatedly went on hunger strike, attempted suicide several times, received mental health treatment at the detainee hospital and spent time in the disciplinary lockup for throwing bodily fluids on guards.
His classified assessment file was published by Wikileaks and shows that the military recommended his release twice (2006 and 2008) but neither the Bush nor the Obama administration were willing to repatriate him to Yemen. In June this year, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal in Latif’s case without giving explanatory comments.
Latif’s death reduces the inmate population to 167 who remain at the facility despite promises by President Obama to close Guantanamo.