A tragic reminder of the numbing cruelty of the USA's indefinite detention regime at its Guantánamo Bay detention facility, and the urgent need to resolve the detentions, comes with the news that another detainee has died at the naval base.
The US military authorities announced on 10 September 2012 that a detainee had been found dead in his cell in the maximum security Camp 5 building on 8 September. It withheld the man's identity and nationality, pending notification of his family. It has now been confirmed that the dead man was Yemeni national Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif. He had been in US military detention without charge or trial for more than a decade.
This is the ninth known death of a detainee at Guantánamo since detainee operations began there in January 2002. According to the US military authorities, six of the previous eight deaths were the result of suicide and two from natural causes.