Final Kuwaiti Gitmo Detainee To Be Release After Massive Lobbying Effort
The 12th and final Guantanamo Bay detainee from Kuwait — who is believed to have been a spiritual adviser to Osama bin Laden — will soon be released from the U.S. naval facility in Cuba after a federal review board determined earlier that he no longer poses a significant threat to the U.S.
But the circumstances of Faez Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari’s case — which involved a rare second hearing before a federal multi-agency panel called the Periodic Review Board (PRB) — has raised several questions. The 40-year-old al-Kandari and other now-released Kuwaiti detainees have been the beneficiaries of $14 million lobbying and public relations campaign financed by Kuwaiti government and business interests.
As The Daily Caller detailed last month, lobbying records released under the Foreign Agents Registration Act show that a group called the International Counsel Bureau,which operates the Kuwaiti Counsel for the Families of Kuwaiti Citizens at Guantanamo Bay,has paid at least seven law firms and PR companies to lobby Congress and federal officials on issues concerning the release of the Kuwaiti Gitmo detainees.