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Guantanamo Review Board Rejects Release for Oldest Prisoner, Called 'Security' Threat to U.S. Who Had Contact With Bin Laden

The board also cited past involvement in terrorist activities.

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MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. government review board has decided that the oldest prisoner at Guantanamo is not eligible for release.

In this image reviewed by the US Military, The sun rises over Camp Delta detention compound which has housed foreign prisoners since 2002, at Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base, June 6, 2008 in Cuba. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the attacks on September 11, 2001 and four alleged conspirators faced a military judge in Guantanamo June 5, in their first appearance before a war-crimes tribunal.  (Photo: BRENNAN LINSLEY/AFP/Getty Images) In this image reviewed by the U.S. military, the sun rises over Camp Delta detention compound which has housed foreign prisoners since 2002, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, June 6, 2008 in Cuba. (Image source: BRENNAN LINSLEY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Periodic Review Board determined that Saifullah Paracha must remain held without charge at the U.S. base in Cuba because of what it called a "continuing significant threat to the security of the United States."

The board also cited past involvement in terrorist activities including contacts with Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda figures.

A lawyer for the 68-year-old prisoner released the review board statement Thursday.

The former businessman from Pakistan had his PRB hearing last month. Attorney David Remes says Paracha has significant health problems after 14 years in custody and should not be considered a threat.

Remes said the prisoner hopes to allay the board's concerns at his next review.

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