Afghan Voice Agency (AVA): Haji Bashar Noorzai, one of the people close to Mullah Muhammad Omar, the founder and former leader of the Islamic Emirate, and one of its financiers, returned to Kabul after his release from Guantanamo prison.
Noorzai, who was the last Afghan prisoner in Guantanamo prison, was arrested by the American police in New York in 2005 on charges of drug trafficking and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Sources close to the Islamic Emirate say that Noorzi was released from prison by the Islamic Emirate in exchange for the release of an American citizen, but they did not say anything about the identity of the American citizen. Although the authorities of the Islamic Emirate have not officially confirmed this issue, the American government has repeatedly demanded the release of American Mark Frericks by the Islamic Emirate.
Earlier, it was reported that Mullah Yaqub Mujahid, Acting Minister of Defense, had a discussion with Qatari officials on Noorzai's release during his trip to Qatar.
Noorzai was one of the largest money changers in the south of the country, who had created a large network for currency exchange and remittances during the previous rule of the Islamic Emirate.
He was also one of the former jihadi commanders who became famous due to his relationship with Mullah Mohammad Omar, the leader and founder of the Islamic Emirate, and was considered one of its financial supporters during the rule of this group over Afghanistan.
He was released after a week of detention and dealing with the American Special Forces and delivered more than 15 trucks of heavy weapons, including 400 rocket launchers, to the American forces.
Noorzai was living in Pakistan at the time of the American attack on Afghanistan, but after the formation of the new government in Afghanistan, he returned to Spinboldek and entered into negotiations with the American Special Forces team. In 2005, he agreed to go to that country after providing a guarantee from the agent of the American intelligence agency, but after staying in New York for a few days, he was arrested by the federal administration and sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in the United States.