U.S. disclose names of 56 Guantanamo detainees awaiting transfer

Posted on September 22, 2012


Washington EFE Friday 21/09/2012 19:37
The U.S. Government. court today released the names of the 56 inmates of Guantánam or are waiting to be transferred to their country or to a third party, told Efe State Department sources.


The government lifted an order protecting the public disclosure of those names for security and diplomatic. In a presentation to a court of the District of Columbia, government lawyers argued that the circumstances leading to the protection of the information has changed. Initially called the protection of that information “in order to maintain flexibility in diplomatic agreements with foreign governments on possible transfers of detainees,” the sources said. Of the 56 prisoners whose transfer is approved “only a small number requires resettlement to a third country” because of concerns about their personal safety, according to these sources. The administration of President Barack Obama “is continuing its efforts to transfer” the detainees. A total of 40 Guantanamo detainees have been located in third countries since 2009 and 28 others have been repatriated to their home countries, according to the State Department. The prisoners of Guantanamo Bay (eastern Cuba) were caught in different parts of the world since the United States began its global war on terrorism after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Although jail house reached at a nearly 800 inmates, now has about 170. Closing Guantanamo was the first promise of Obama on his arrival in the White House in January 2009, but has not fulfilled and also last March ordered the resumption of military commissions to try prisoners. According to the Government, the culprit of reversing the decision to try detainees in courts was Congress that refused to transfer prisoners to U.S. soil.

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