Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab al-Rahabi, accused after the September 2001 terror attacks of being Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard, has been transferred from Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. Wahab al-Rahabi was allegedly involved in planning the attacks on New York City, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
The Department of Defense said earlier today (June 23) that Wahab al-Rahabi has been transferred to the small European country of Montenegro.
Wahab al-Rahabi, a Yemeni national, has been imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay since 2002 after being arrested by Pakistani forces in December 2001, but he was never formally charged with the crimes he was accused of.
In addition to a possible connection to 9/11, officials suspected he may have trained for a “mission to hijack airplanes in Southeast Asia.” That attack never occurred, and Wahab al-Rahabi denied the accusations against him.
Documents filed by the Pentagon also allege that he may have been related to the late al-Qaeda leader by marriage, in addition to possibly being his bodyguard.
In 2014, a United States review board investigated bin Laden’s alleged former bodyguard and concluded that he no longer posed a threat to national security, allowing him to be transferred from Guantanamo.
The Department of Defense emphasized that all protocol was followed, and the transfer was both secure and humane.
According to the Montenegro government, Wahab al-Rahabi applied for asylum in their country and will not be held prisoner. Along with another Yemeni Guantanamo detainee who was sent to Montenegro earlier this year, Wahab al-Rahabi will be given the freedom to decide which city and country he wants to make his permanent home.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, efforts have been made this year by President Obama’s administration to close down the Guantanamo Bay (nicknamed “Gitmo”) naval base and military prison permanently. He announced his plan in February during a televised conference.