Fayiz should have learned yoga.
An interagency periodic review board has found that a Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo, Fayiz Mohammed Ahmed Al Kandari, should remain in detention.
Al Kandari’s continued detention “remains necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States,” the board wrote in an unclassified summary of its decision. The ruling is dated July 14, but was not released until today.
The review board concluded that al Kandari “almost certainly retains an extremist mindset and had close ties with high-level al Qaeda leaders in the past.” The board found al Kandari’s “desire to return to his family, which appears willing to help with his reintegration,” to be credible. But it also feared that he is susceptible “for recruitment due to his connections to extremists and his residual anger at the US.”
Another review board decision was also released today. In that case, a board recommended that Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda be transferred from Guantanamo to his home country of Kuwait. But while the interagency board believed al Awda when he said he wanted to give up extremism, the same cannot be said for al Kandari. The review board also found that a one-year rehabilitation program was appropriate in al Awda’s case, but not in al Kandari’s.
The board “noted a lack of history regarding the efficacy of the rehabilitation program Kuwait will implement for [al Kandari] with his particular mindset, but appreciates the efforts of the Kuwaiti government and encourages the officials at the Al Salam Rehabilitation Center [in Kuwait] to continue to work with the detainee at Guantanamo.”
Both al Awda and al Kandari were deemed “high” risks to “the US, its interests, and allies” by Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO). Both were denied their petitions for a writ of habeas corpus by a DC district court. And President Obama’s Guantanamo Review Task Force determined that both of the Kuwaitis should be held in “continued detention” under the laws of war. That is, the task force concluded that both al Awda and al Kandari were “too dangerous to transfer but not feasible for prosecution.”
While al Awda will be transferred home, however, al Kandari will remain in US custody.