Four British residents imprisoned for years at Guantanamo Bay will be released, the BBC reports. US and UK officials involved in negotiations since August came to a compromise on the fates of five men the US claimed were connected to al-Qaeda. Of the four released, three will return to the UK, while the fourth will be sent to Saudi Arabia.
The fifth man, Binyam Mohammed al Habashi, will remain imprisoned. While Amnesty International expressed relief over the news, citing Guantanamo as a "travesty of justice," others are concerned the men may pose future threats. The men returning to Britain have been granted permission to remain in the UK; all British nationals had been released from Guantanamo by January, 2005.