Bahrain's last Bay prisoner flies home
Manama, August 9, 2007
The last of the Bahrainis held at Guantanamo Bay flew home to an emotional welcome last night.
Isa Al Murbati, 41, was flown from Cuba via Germany, aboard a US military plane, which touched down at around 10 pm.
He was whisked straight to the Public Prosecution in Manama for a roughly three-hour debriefing, where he was greeted by family members, including his eldest and youngest sons, MPs, supporters and friends.
His wife and two daughters stayed at the family home in Isa Town, where they welcomed him in the early hours of today.
Youngest son Ebrahim, aged seven, just a toddler when he last saw his father, clutched a bouquet of flowers as he waited to greet him at the Public Prosecution.
'It is the first time I will to speak to my father. I am very happy,' he said.
Eldest son Ali, 17, was trembling with emotion as he declared the family's delight. 'I am so happy. I feel so good. I cannot believe it. We heard he was coming home, but could not believe it,' he said before his emotions robbed him of his speech.
Al Murbati's brother Othman said the family was still in the dark until just half an hour before the plane landed.
'We are too much happy, too much happy,' was all he could say, over and over.
MP Mohammed Khalid, who helped campaign for the release of all six Bahraini Bay detainees, said it was a great day - but the next push would be for compensation.
'I am very happy with today's event. This is the last page in the Guantanamo Bay chapter. Now we want compensation for all the Bahrainis who have come home.' He said the push for compensation would be through the Royal Court, since there was no legal avenue in the US. -TradeArabia News Service