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US plans to transfer war detainees to allies: report
www.chinaview.cn 2005-08-05 23:58:22

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- Facing with accusations of prisoner abuses from both home and abroad, the US government plans to transfer the majority of terror suspects in its custody to its allies, the Washington Post said here on Friday.

    As part of the plan, nearly 70 percent of the detainees at the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be turned over to Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the report said.

    The newspaper quoted US officials as saying that they have reached an agreement with Afghanistan to transfer most of its nationals to Kabul's imprisonment.

    At present, some 110 Afghan detainees were jailed at Guantanamo and 350 more at the Bagman airfield near Kabul. Their transfers could start early next year.

    Pierre-Richard Prosper, US ambassador at large for war crimes, said he had talked about the issue with Saudi and Yemen officials. Nationals of the two countries make up a significant percentage ofthe Guantanamo prisoners.

    The scheduled transfer of Guantanamo prisoners is part of a broader scheme to significantly cut the population of the so-called "enemy combatants" in US custody.

    In explaining the transfers, Matthew Waxman, deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, said US does not want to be "the world's jailer."

    The prisoner transfer plan comes amid intense international and domestic pressure on US detention operations, with allegations of mistreatment and abuse as well as concern that detainees have beenheld for years without being prosecuted for their alleged crimes.

    Legal problems have also plagued the war crime trials at Guantanamo, which has been blocked for months as detainee lawyers present challenges in US federal courts. edited


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