2 Uighurs go to Switzerland from Guantanamo
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 23:09
Washington: The United States has sent two Chinese Muslims to Switzerland, ending their eight years of detention at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Justice Department announced the transfer today. It did not identify the detainees, but the Obama administration previously has said the Swiss had agreed to resettle two brothers, Arkin Mahmud and Bahtiyar Mahnut.

There are now 183 detainees at Guantanamo, including five Chinese Muslims, or Uighurs. They have been regarded as symbols of the unfairness of the US detention policy after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Switzerland's decision to accept the brothers led the Supreme Court to scuttle a case on detainee rights.


First Published: Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 23:09

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