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Germany to accept two Gitmo prisoners

AFP/DDP/The Local · 7 Jul 2010, 16:09

Published: 07 Jul 2010 16:09 GMT+02:00

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Officials said Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration and German state governments, whose co-operation was needed in settling the men from the US prison camp in Cuba, had cleared the impasse. The decision brings to an end a months-long struggle with Washington over the issue.

The prisoners will be settled in Hamburg and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

De Maizière said they would strictly be the last prisoners from the notorious US prison for global terrorism suspects that Germany would accept.

“Further requests will be declined,” he said.

De Maizière said the United States had originally asked Germany to take three cleared prisoners from Palestine and Syria. But after “intensive checking,” only two of the prisoners satisfied Germany’s demand that they pose no risk.

US President Barack Obama pledged to shut down the disputed US military prison in southeastern Cuba after it became a symbol, in many people's minds, of excesses in the "war on terror" under former US President George W. Bush.

Washington asked allies to help resettle prisoners who have been cleared of all charges but cannot return home, often over fears they may be tortured.

According to US government figures from early May, 181 prisoners remain there including dozens already cleared for release. Most have been held without charge or trial.

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Germany has previously accepted one other Guantanamo prisoner, Murat Kurnaz, in 2006 because he was a long-time German resident. But it has rejected a US call to accept Chinese Uighur detainees.

And Germany last year refused a request to take in two ex-detainees, arguing that Washington had failed to provide sufficient information on any threat they might pose.

AFP/DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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16:51 July 8, 2010 by ironman294
This is incredible.

All over the world people called for the prison to be shut down! So what should we do with them? World governments said they are not dangerous.

So when we ask world governments to resettle the prisoners, ehy demand evidenc ehey are not dangerous! haha how utterly amazing and the nerve of them. Why not let us keep it open then? Stupid governments. Better yet just sen dthem back to China and whatever countries they are from. Or execute them all.
19:27 July 9, 2010 by Kennneth Ingle
International law was broken by removing these Guantanamo prisoners from the country in which they were caught. International law was broken by placing these prisoners into a prison without fair trial. It is for the USA to pay compensation and to give what ever help is needed for a return to a normal life.

Germany does not have any duty to assist the USA in avoiding their responsibilities towards such prisoners.

The German government does however have a habit of doing more for people outside of Germany than for its own population. Therefore this act must be accepted, despite being beyond the comprehesion of normal human-beings.
12:23 July 11, 2010 by ang2010
If they are against US, they are called terrorists; If they are against China, they are called freedom fighters.

High time to send back the lynching mobster Uihgur to China.
22:32 July 13, 2010 by wenddiver
Send these criminals back to their home countries. Leftists in Europe are inviting disaster on their own people, just so they can argue with the US. Several of the "wrongly incarcerated", just happened to have connections to terror groups, that have allowed them to go back to being terrorists again..

By the way, after all the writing about Soccer's World Cup, why no story about the Sommali Jihadi's blowing up a resturant in Uganda and killing 74 Soccer fans?? Apparently Soccer is not approved under Sarri law either.
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