Guantanamo Bay to be shut down, Britain to take prisonersJanuary 1st, 2009 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 1 (IANS) Terrorist suspects from Guantanamo Bay are to be rehoused in Britain to enable the US shut down the controversial prison camp, a newspaper reported Thursday.The Times quoted unnamed government sources as saying the British government now supports a move to rehouse Guantanamo Bay detainees after refusing to help outgoing president George W. Bush.
A spokesman for Prime Minister Gordon Brown said a process to deal with the detainees was being put in place and that decisions “would be for the Home Secretary (minister) to decide on a case-by-case basis”.
The paper quoted unnamed officials as saying the British foreign ministry was more enthusiastic about the proposal than other government departments because it wanted “to get off to a good start with (US president-elect Barack) Obama”.
Of the 248 prisoners in Guantánamo Bay, some 60 have been cleared for release, according to the US military.
The paper said Washington was considering a proposal to take in 17 Chinese Uighurs, who cannot return to China, as an “opening gesture”.
The new US Administration also had plans to put the most dangerous detainees - between 30 and 80 men - to trial in the US, it added.