Now Europe Has Gitmo Problem

EU leaders ponder course for up to 60 former inmates they've agreed to take in
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 8, 2009 12:14 PM CST
President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, after he signed an executive order closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – EU leaders have promised President Obama they’ll take up to 60 detainees as Guantanamo closes, but the devil is in the details over exactly what to do with them, the Los Angeles Times reports. Questions abound over which country should take which detainee, whether they should face prosecution, and how to take care of health care, housing, and keeping an eye on the former inmates.

Many of the detainees aren’t a threat at all, while others could have grown more dangerous while interred at the prison camp. Some leaders have suggested that an international court recommend courses of action for each inmate. Still, “we have to confront the reality that some bad people will end up walking the streets,” says a Spanish magistrate.