Latif: Indefinitely Detained Even in Death

ProPublica reports that Adnan Farhan abd al Latif’s body remains in limbo–in an undisclosed location.

His body hasn’t been sent back to his home country of Yemen, and it’s no longer at Gitmo.

It’s being held in an undisclosed location.

“Mr. Latif’s remains are being handled with the utmost care and respect by medical professionals and are being maintained in an appropriate facility designed to best facilitate preservation,” said a Defense Department spokesman, Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale. “His remains are no longer at JTF-Guantanamo Bay.”

Breasseale blames the delay on the Yemenis, who have insisted on autopsy and investigation reports into why he died.

Lt. Col. Breasseale said the U.S. is responding to Yemen’s “wishes that we maintain the remains until a time when they are prepared to receive them.”

A Yemeni official said his government “will not accept the remains until we get an official autopsy and an investigation report. We just want to know what happened.” The official, who declined to be named, also said that the government was in touch with Latif’s family.

Latif died on September 8–26 days ago, or 44% the period until the election. if the sole explanation for the delay is that the US is unwilling to turn over an explanation of how Latif died, it makes it far more likely that Latif died of something other than suicide.

So are they going to hold Latif on ice until the election? Is that the idea?

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