U.S. Weighs Release for Kenyan Held at Guantanamo Since 2007

MIAMI (AP) -
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

U.S. authorities have begun considering whether to release a Kenyan man who has been held at the American base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without charge since 2007.

Mohammed Abdul Malik Bajabu made his first appearance Tuesday before a review board that determines whether Guantanamo prisoners can be sent home or to another country.

The 42-year-old prisoner known as Abdul Malik spoke to board members in the U.S. by video-link from the base.

A Pentagon profile says the prisoner trained with extremists in Somalia and developed a “close relationship” with members of al-Qaida in East Africa. It says he was involved in terrorist plots in Mombasa in November 2002.

Military representatives appointed for Abdul Malik say he was “visibly overjoyed” upon learning that the board would consider his release.