Four British Gitmo detainees released to UK

[JURIST] Four British men held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic] for three years as enemy combatants were returned to the UK Tuesday, after a deal was reached between the US and UK. The four men, Moazzam Begg, Martin Mubanga, Richard Belmar and Feroz Abbasi [BBC News profile], were the only remaining Britons being held at the prison and had previously made allegations of torture [JURIST report]. UK officials said the men, who were being accompanied by police and observers on the return trip, would likely be arrested and questioned upon landing. The Defense Department reported that UK officials had promised the men would not be a security threat after being released. The US alleged that all four trained at al-Qaeda camps. After the transfer, 545 detainees remain at Guantanamo. Read a Defense Department press release. BBC News has more.

12:10 PM ET - BBC News is reporting that the four released Britons have now landed in the UK under police escort.



 

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