Friday, May 2, 2008
U.S. authorities have freed Sami al-Haj, a cameraman who was arrested while on assignment for al-Jazeera in Afghanistan in 2002 because the government believed he was working with al-Qaeda. The U.S. government held him at the facility at Guantanamo Bay without charge until this week. Yesterday his lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith, indicated that Mr. al-Haj was enroute home to the Sudan. The Sudanese government has agreed that he will not be allowed to work as a journalist and will be barred from leaving the country. Mr. al-Haj is believed to be suffering from throat cancer. Read more here in a Guardian story and here in a Reporters Without Borders update.