31/1/2021–|Last updated: 1/31/202108:33 PM (Makkah)
Built nearly 18 years ago on a remote island off Cuba, Guantanamo has grown to be the most expensive prison on Earth.
The United States government spent an estimated $ 161.5 million on housing Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
There are still no clear figures for what the federal government spends on housing prisoners at Guantanamo, but it ranges between $ 9.5 million and $ 13 million per prisoner annually.
According to reports released last year, Guantanamo has cost US taxpayers more than $ 6 billion since its inception.
This figure includes the cost of chartered planes to and from the island, and government agencies worth hundreds of thousands that are destroyed every year due to the leakage of classified information.
In addition to defense attorneys funded by the Pentagon, costing nearly half a million dollars annually, as well as the total legal costs of up to 60 million dollars, although Guantanamo only issued one final conviction from him.
Earlier, Trump indicated that his predecessor Obama tried unsuccessfully to close Guantanamo and did not, because Congress rejected Obama’s request to transfer 40 prisoners to the United States of America, as members did not accept the idea of ”the presence of terrorists on American soil.”
It is reported that until Saturday, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was scheduled to receive a vaccine against the Corona virus, so that he could be tried and executed if convicted.
Sheikh Mohammed, who was arrested in 2003, has admitted to being the mastermind of one of the most destructive terrorist attacks in the past few decades, the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The trial of Sheikh Mohammed was originally scheduled to take place on January 11, 2021 and to demand the death penalty, but was postponed due to the epidemic.