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
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
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
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
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