A man held for 13 years at Guantanamo Bay appears to have been a victim of mistaken identity, as US officials admitted they had confused him with al-Qaeda operatives with similar names.
When Mustafa al-Aziz al-Shamiri, a Yemeni national, was transported from Afghanistan to the US detention facility in Cuba, his captors believed he was a courier and trainer for al-Qaeda.
They have now determined that he was a low-level Islamist fighter, and not part of the al-Qaeda chain of command.
Not just because it gives the accused a chance to put their side of the story, but because people tend to collect and check evidence before a trial. On both sides….