U.S. President Joe Biden plans to completely close the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison, where prisoners of war and terrorists were held.
According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, the prison will be closed before Biden’s presidency expires. Earlier, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke of his intentions to close Guantanamo. He also promised that all current prisoners at the prison would be given lawyers and guaranteed humane treatment until they were transferred to other locations.
The Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba was built in January 2002, when the war in Afghanistan began. Suspects of serious crimes, including the killing of civilians and participation in terrorist groups, were held there. The prison became notorious after it was discovered that torture was used against prisoners there.
Guantanamo used to hold about 800 prisoners, but now the number of prisoners is only 40.