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Uruguay takes Guantanamo inmates

Monday, December 08, 2014 - 01:21

Six men held for more than a decade at the Guantanamo Bay U.S military prison but never charged arrive in Uruguay. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 The six detainees released from the U.S. Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre have been taken to this military hospital in Uruguay. The South American country says they've been accepted as refugees. The four Syrians, a Tunisian and a Palestinian were freed after more than a decade without being charged. Uruguay's president says the Guantanamo Bay prison is a disgrace. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) JOSE MUJICA, PRESIDENT OF URUGUAY, SAYING: "That isn't a prison, it's a kidnapping den. A prison entails subjection to some system of law, the presence of some sort of prosecutor, the decision of some judge, whoever that may be, and a minimum reference from a judicial point of view. That has nothing." Seven other prisoners have already been released from Guantanamo since early November. Another 136 are still being held. The prison was opened after the September 11th attacks in 2001 to house terrorism suspects rounded up overseas. President Barack Obama's keen to close it because he says it's damaging the U.S. image internationally. So far obstacles by the U.S. congress have stopped him doing so.

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Uruguay takes Guantanamo inmates

Monday, December 08, 2014 - 01:21