Sunday 15 September 2019

Ahern confirms plan to resettle Guantanamo detainees

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has confirmed that Ireland will accept two detainees being released from the US internment camp at Guatanamo Bay.

Mr Ahern confirmed the decision at a meeting in Dundalk today with the new US Ambassador to Ireland.

The two detainees are expected to be two Uzbek men who are being freed by the US because they have been found to pose no threat to security.

They are expected to arrive in Ireland in the coming months.

The Obama administration has appealed to its allies around the world to resettle Guantanamo detainees who cannot return to their homelands due to the risk that they will be arrested and tortured.

President Obama had planned to resettle some of them in the US, but the move faced strong congressional opposition, forcing him to look to other countries for help.

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