Ireland Agrees to Take in 2 Gitmo Detainees

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2009 8:42 AM CDT
In this May 14, 2009, file photo reviewed by the US military, Guantanamo detainees pray before dawn near a fence of razor-wire inside the exercise yard at Camp 4 detention facility.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Ireland has agreed to resettle two Uzbek detainees from the US’ Guantanamo Bay detention center, Ireland’s foreign minister tells the Irish Times. The detainees are among those who are not considered a threat, but can’t be returned to their home countries. Dermot Ahern, a longtime proponent of closing the Guantanamo prison, says he won’t release any personal information about the detainees.

Amnesty International Ireland was delighted by the news, saying Ireland has a responsibility to help close the prison because it allowed the US to stage rendition operations on its soil. “Those countries that played a part in the system should follow Ireland’s example and help shut it down,” its director said.