Gitmo Uighurs Working at Bermuda Golf Course

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2009 8:30 PM CDT
Former Guantanamo detainees Ablakim Turahun, left, and Abdulla Abdulqadir pose for a picture at their new jobs as landscapers for the Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda.   (AP Photo/Mark Tatem, The Royal Gazette)
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(Newser) – Four Chinese Uighurs newly released from Gitmo probably never imagined this in their cramped cells: All are now working at a plush Bermuda golf course to help prepare it for the PGA Grand Slam in October. The four men began their jobs last week at the Port Royal course, Reuters reports. They replaced a Filipino crew that left at the last minute.

"There are still special projects that we need to do like cleaning up and beautifying the course," said a Bermuda golf official. "It's on a temporary basis. Two of them speak fairly good English." The men were held 7 years at Guantanamo Bay before their June release. The US determined they posed no threat but couldn't find nations to take them. Another 13 remain at Gitmo, notes the AP.