Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been unlawfully imprisoned for more than 14 years. He has spent more than 13 of those years at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, where he was subjected to of one of the military’s most brutal torture regimens, approved by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld himself.
In April 2010, a federal judge ordered Slahi’s release, rejecting the government's arguments for holding him indefinitely without charge or trial. But the government appealed, and he remains at Guantánamo. On June 2, 2016, Slahi will finally have his Periodic Review Board hearing, where he should be able to prove he poses no threat to the United States, and be cleared for release.
On January 20, 2014, Slahi’s memoir, “Guantánamo Diary” was released to great acclaim. Published with redactions after years of litigation and negotiations to declassify it, its release marks the first memoir by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo prisoner.