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Clashes loom over Guantanamo detainees

May 29, 2009 by  

Clashes loom over Guantanamo detaineesPresident Obama’s decision to close the Guantanamo Bay prison has put the future of its detainees in the spotlight, and a political battle is on the horizon over the issue of bringing some of the terrorist suspects to the U.S. for trial.

Earlier this month, the media reported on plans to bring a group of Chinese Muslims, known as Uyghurs, to a prison in Fairfax County, Virginia, sparking a great deal of controversy.

A Republican congressman from Virginia, Frank Wolf, has been explicit in his opposition.

"[The Uyghurs are] one group that … should be released somewhere abroad," he said, quoted by CBS.

"There is potential radicalization … having been at Guantanamo for seven years," he added.

However, his Democratic counterpart Jim Moran has said it makes sense to settle the men in Uyghurs communities, such as the one in northern Virginia.

"To just detain somebody to rot in prison for the rest of their lives, who is in there because they oppose the policies of a nation that we also oppose, is not a sufficient plan of action," Moran added, quoted by the AP.

Moran is referring to the fact that Uyghurs are persecuted in China for their opposition to the communist government, and there have been speculations their presence in Afghanistan may have been linked to their domestic political activities rather than links to international terrorism.

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