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How an Innocent 26-Year-Old Got Sold Into Guantanamo Hell for a $5,000 Bounty

He was just a man, one of hundreds - thousands perhaps - who was in the wrong place at the wrong time after 9/11.

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"President Hadi was in Washington, DC, and met with President Obama's cabinet ministers," the official said. "The remaining Yemeni detainees was one of the talking points. President Hadi has made Guantanamo and Bagram [prison in Afghanistan] a high priority for Yemen. We are emphasizing talks and opening up a dialogue to ensure the timely release and transfer and rehabilitation of those remaining detainees to Yemeni custody and we are working closely with the US government. These discussions took place with high-level officials in the Obama administration."

The official added that US and Yemen officials are scheduled to speak about Adnan's case again at the end of the week.

Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, a Defense Department spokesman, would only comment on issues surrounding Adnan's death and his remains. He told Truthout the US is "collaborating closely with the Republic of Yemen government on this case" and, "We respect their wishes that we maintain the remains until a time when they are prepared to receive them.

"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," Breasseale said. "His remains are no longer at JTF-Guantanamo Bay."

Breasseale added that Adnan's remains are currently being held in a secure undisclosed facility, which Truthout has learned is Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

The bureaucratic infighting between the US and Yemen means Adnan's family cannot mourn his death.

"We will not mourn our son under Islamic law until we receive his body," Farhan said. "As you can imagine, this is a nightmare for us."

Compelling Questions

So how did Adnan die?

Initial media reports suggested Adnan took his own life, a not implausible theory considering his history of suicide attempts.

In the nine previous deaths that occurred at Guantanamo, six of which were said to be suicides, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo has always cited a manner of death in their official statements even though an investigation and autopsy had not yet been conducted on those prisoners. But there was no such determination made when the government announced Adnan's death.

"In Mr. Latif's case, the detainee was found motionless and unresponsive," Joint Task Force Guantanamo spokesman Capt. Robert Durand told Truthout. "The detainee had a history of self-harm acts, but generally refrained from activities which would potentially cause his death. He was monitored by the behavioral health unit, and his recent actions, activities and statements to therapists indicated that he did not appear to want to end his life. Following his assault on the guard, he was medically cleared for transfer to Camp 5. Absent an obvious indication of self-harm, or a known medical condition, it would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death."

But in a statement to the Associated Press two days after Guantanamo officials announced the death of a prisoner without naming him, Durand said, "There is no apparent cause, natural or self-inflicted."

Durand explained to Truthout at the time he made that statement he was responding to a reporter's query: "Would you call it an apparent suicide or natural causes?"

Now, however, "It would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death at this time."

There was nothing to "immediately suggest 'apparent suicide,'" Durand said, and the death is being investigated by "multiple entities."

Those include the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and US Southern Command, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo's higher command.

The timeframe for when those probes will be complete, however, is unknown.

But here's what is known.