The "Camp Six" detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on January 19, 2012
This image, reviewed by the US military, shows two members of the military walking out of the "Camp Six" detention facility of the Joint Detention Group at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on January 19, 2012. A Yemeni who died in September at Guantanamo Bay committed suicide, and his remains will be repatriated, the US military said Saturday. © Jim Watson - AFP/File
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Last updated: December 16, 2012

Yemeni's Guantanamo death ruled suicide by US military

A Yemeni who died in September at Guantanamo Bay committed suicide, and his remains will be repatriated, the US military said Saturday.

Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, 32, died at the base on September 8 "of a self-induced overdose of prescription medication," US Southern Command said in a statement.

"The medical examiner concluded that the death was a suicide," it added. "The medical examiner also concluded that acute pneumonia was a contributing factor in his death."

SOUTHCOM said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service was conducting an independent investigation into Latif's death, a standard practice for all detainees held at the US military prison in southern Cuba.

Latif was the ninth inmate to die at Guantanamo since January 2002, when the detention center was opened to hold "war on terror" suspects. The jail still holds 166 detainees.

Latif was taken to Guantanamo that very month after being captured near the Afghan-Pakistani border.

In June, the US Supreme Court refused to hear his case or that of six other Guantanamo inmates contesting their detention, even though a lower court judge had ruled that the evidence against him was too unreliable to justify holding him indefinitely.

At the time of his death, Latif had not been charged with a war crime or designated for prosecution, a military spokesman said.

He had been on disciplinary status for splashing a "cocktail of urine and other body fluids" at a guard at least once, according to prison officials.

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