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    Russian Citizen Mingazov Transferred From Gitmo Prison to United Arab Emirates

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    The United States transferred a citizen of Russia Ravil Mingazov from the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the government of the United Arab Emirates, the US Department of Defense said in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Mingazov has been detained in Guantanamo since 2002 without any charges pressed. He is suspected of links with extremist group Tatar Jamaat and al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic movement of Uzbekistan.

    "The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of three detainees: Ravil Mingazov, Haji Wali Muhammed, and Yassim Qasim Mohammed Ismail Qasim from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the government of the United Arab Emirates," the release stated on Thursday.

    In addition, the Department of Defense announced that another prisoner, Jabran al Qahtani, would be sent from Gitmo to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    The release noted that these were the final transfers to be completed during the administration of Obama.

    Earlier in the day, the White House stated that the outgoing US President Barack Obama sent a total of 196 prisoners from Guantanamo, leaving just 41 persons in the facility.

    Mingazov has been held at the detention center in Cuba for more than 14 years. In July 2016, the US government approved his transfer.

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