Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Holder says some Uighur detainees could go to US

Holder says some Uighur detainees could go to US

By DEVLIN BARRETT – 3 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says some Chinese Muslim detainees at Guantanamo Bay are being considered for release in the United States.

During an interview Wednesday, Holder was asked whether members of a group of Uighurs (WEE'-gurz) at the U.S. military detention facility in Cuba could be released on American soil. He said it was a possibility.

The United States has cleared 17 of the Uighurs for release from Guantanamo, but insists it will not hand them over to China because the Uighurs fear they will be tortured.

Holder said the Justice Department is trying to come up with destinations for the Uighurs. The department is leading the government effort to close the Guantanamo Bay detention site for terrorist suspects.

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