MIAMI (AP) — A Pentagon spokesman says a man released from the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in December and resettled in Kazakhstan has died in that Central Asian country.
Army Lt. Col. Myles Caggins says the U.S. was notified that Asim Thabit Abdullah al-Khalaqi died May 7 but did not disclose the cause of death. The British newspaper the Guardian reported that another former prisoner said al-Khalaqi died from kidney failure.
Caggins said Friday that all detainees are given a health screening before leaving Guantanamo and al-Khalaqi would not have been transferred if doctors at the base had detected anything significant.
The 47-year-old former prisoner from Yemen was one of five Guantanamo prisoners resettled in Kazakhstan in December because U.S. authorities had determined they could not be sent to their homelands.