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Germany reportedly to take 3 Gitmo prisoners

DDP/The Local · 10 Apr 2010, 09:29

Published: 10 Apr 2010 09:29 GMT+02:00

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Citing unnamed sources close to the matter, the newspaper Bild reported that German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has decided to allow three Guantanamo Bay prisoners to come to Germany and that the city-state of Hamburg is the probable place they would be accommodated.

Several other federal states have categorically refused to accept any former detainees from the controversial prison on the island of Cuba.

According to the paper, one of the men in question is a 34-year-old Palestinian and former Hamas activist who trained in an Afghan terrorist camp. Another is a Syrian man arrested in 2001 by US forces and the third is also a Palestinian, taken into custody in 2002 in Afghanistan.

According to the news magazine Focus, US authorities have sent files on the three men to Berlin where they are now being evaluated. A final decision on them is expected at a meeting of interior ministers in May.

Criticism by fellow politicians of de Maizière and his willingness to accept detainees continues to grow. The interior minister of Lower Saxony, Uwe Schünemann, criticised a "lack of coordination" between his office and its equivalent on the federal level and said that his office had no information on the men in question. His Bavarian counterpart said it was unacceptable that state officials were informed about "matters as sensitive as taking in Guantanamo prisoners" through newspaper articles.

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Both interior ministers have said they will not allow former detainees in their states.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

18:18 April 10, 2010 by mixxim
How many people believe these will prove to be outstanding members of the community who will repay Germany for giving them a second chance? Whose decision was it to take them? Perhaps he should take on the responsibility for their maintenance and accommodation as parents must when they adopt from abroad.
19:44 April 10, 2010 by twisted
I have to say I do not understand why any country agrees to take these prisoners. If they have done no wrong, why not just send them home? Why should another country have to help solve the great George Bush problem? I know, it's not his problem now, but the SOB created it and now others have to clean up his mess. Why isn't Bush in Gitmo? He is one of the biggest terrorists of all.
20:43 April 10, 2010 by Thames
Send them to Crawford Texas and put them up at the Ranch.
07:24 April 11, 2010 by punkspop
Haven't you heard? Obama has been in office over one year now, so it's all his fault. George Bush had nothing to do with these messes (wars, financial, job loss, US economy). Geez, our new healthcare, that will actually HELP people and the economy is supposedly the downfall of the US. Bush? He had nothing to do with this (may he, Cheney, and Rove rot in hell
10:56 April 11, 2010 by dbert4
Bravo punkspop!
01:19 April 12, 2010 by Prufrock2010
These men were convicted of nothing. In fact, they were never even allowed to challenge their arrest and detention in a court of law. They were denied habeas corpus, a legal principle that goes back to the Magna Carta. Who's to blame? Who's innocent? At least Germany is acting responsibly in this matter.
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