Saturday, August 4, 2012
The Egyptian government formally requested the U.S. government to release the only Egyptian currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed al-Sawah. Mr. al-Sawah has been at Guantanamo Bay for 11 years. In 2008, he was charged with providing material support to terrorists. The U.S. government believes him to be a member of al Qaeda who specializes in explosives. The charges against al-Sawah were dropped in March of this year. He is still being detained despite the fact that no new charges have been filed since. The U.S. government did not comment on the matter in news reports.