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Cablegate: Khartoum: Peaceful Demonstration Opposing Guantanamo Bay

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SUBJECT: KHARTOUM: PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION OPPOSING GUANTANAMO BAY
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1. (SBU) A group of approximately 50 peaceful demonstrators
gathered outside the Chancery in Khartoum on Monday, January 11,
2010 calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention
facility. According to banners and speeches, the demonstration was
organized by two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) - Civic Aid
International Organization and the Guantanamo Justice Center. The
latter is a Sudanese NGO founded by returned detainee Sami al-Hajj.
A large banner written in English and Arabic read, "Eight Years of
Guantanamo. Shut down Guantanamo Now." The banner and fliers
handed out to passers-by had the logos of both organizations
prominently displayed. The demonstrators also erected a public
address system with loudspeakers directed towards the Embassy to
broadcast several speeches. In their remarks, the protestors
claimed that January 11 marked the eight year anniversary of the
first Guantanamo detainee being taken into custody. They urged
President Obama to close down Guantanamo immediately.

2. (SBU) According to Embassy records, all but three of the
twelve Sudanese men detained at Guantanamo Bay have been released.
One of the three, Mahmoud Idriss, is scheduled to be returned to
Sudan in late January. The other two, Mohammed al Nur and Ibrahim
Al Qosi are still being held for possible prosecution. Al Qosi's
Office of Military Commissions (OMC) defense team is scheduled to
return to Khartoum from January 15 to 22 to meet with the
detainee's family and to interview several of the former detainees.
RSO and RAO are coordinating closely with appropriate host
government officials to ensure the safety of the OMC defense
attorneys (JAG officers) during their visit here. Interviews of
former detainees will be conducted in a safe environment after the
returnees have been thoroughly searched.
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