Guantanamo detainees not free in US after prison

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 09:59

Washington: Guantanamo Bay detainees brought into this country for trial will not stay here after the US legal system finishes with them, the Obama administration
says.

A detainee tried in this country would be treated for
immigration purposes as though he is at a US border trying to
get in, and he will not get in, Attorney General Eric Holder
and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in Dec
11 letter to Republican members of the Senate Judiciary
Committee.

The letter was obtained by The Associated Press
yesterday.

Republican senators responded that the administration
cannot make such promises because US courts might intervene.

The Obama administration has announced that five
detainees now held at the US military prison at the naval base
in Cuba will be tried in a New York federal court, and more
are likely to be tried in the United States.

It also is acquiring a prison in Illinois to house some
detainees. Military tribunals for detainees would be held
there, and it could house some detainees whom the president
determines must be held indefinitely but cannot be tried,
according to administration officials.
Once a detainee is brought to the United States for
trial, he could be tried, convicted, serve prison time or be
acquitted.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 09:59

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