OREANDA-NEWS. The US government has spent more than $ 160 million supporting Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind some of the 21st century's most high-profile attacks, including the September 11, 2001 attacks. He is being held at Guantanamo Bay, considered the most expensive in the world.

The trial of Mohammed, captured in 2003, was scheduled for January 2021, but was postponed due to the pandemic.

In late January, an order was signed to vaccinate suspected terrorists, but this order was later canceled. By the way, there are currently only 40 inmates in the prison.

It is difficult to say exactly how much it costs to maintain one prisoner at Guantanamo. Experts estimate that the annual cost for each inmate is $ 9.5-13 million. Based on the minimum, over 17 years in prison, Mohammed "pulled" from the US federal budget $ 161 million.

The Bush administration has released more than 500 Guantanamo prisoners by repatriating them to different countries, and another 200 have been released under Obama.

At one time, Barack Obama tried to close the prison, but did not receive approval from Congress. Donald Trump called the amount spent on the maintenance of prisoners at Guantanamo madness.