As part of President Obama’s effort to close down the controversial prison at Guantanamo Bay, the government has said two more detainees were recently transferred to France and Hungary, respectively.
The interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a review of the cases and determined that Sabir Lahmar, a native of Algeria, could be transferred to the government of France, which took place on Nov. 30.
According to the Justice Department, a federal court ruled on Nov. 20, 2008, that Lahmar may no longer be detained under the Authorization for the Use of Military Force and ordered his release from detention.
The second prisoner, whose name has not been revealed and who is originally from the West Bank, was transferred to the government of Hungary on that same day.
Just days after taking office last January, Obama signed an executive order to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year and to ban harsh interrogations techniques. To date, more than 550 detainees have departed for other destinations, ranging from Albania, Algeria and Afghanistan to Australia, Belgium and Maldives.
However, it is now considered unlikely that the facility will be closed by January 2010.