- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont defense attorney says a client being held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba has been cleared for release more than 14 years after he was captured in Afghanistan.

Attorney David Sleigh says he received word Wednesday that his client Abdul Zahir had been cleared, but he did not know when he might be released.

Sleigh says Zahir served as a translator for the Taliban before the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, including for some high-level Al Qaeda officials. Zahir was arrested in 2002, but never charged.

An unclassified summary of Zahir’s case posted on a Defense Department website Wednesday says Zahir had a limited role in the Taliban, he was probably misidentified as someone with ties to al-Qaeda weapons and he’s pursued educational opportunities.


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