Abu Zubaydah Delisted

Torture victim and Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah has been delisted by UN Security Council from its 1267 sanctions list.  The delisting followed a report by the UN Ombudsperson confirming that the man once touted by the US as “the number three in al-Qaeda” is not, in fact, a member of Al Qaeda. The delisting provides further confirmation of the misinformation that has been propagated concerning Zubaydah. It underscores the arbitrariness of his situation, where he has still had no real opportunity to challenge the lawfulness of his detention, no charges or trial, after almost 17 years in custody.