Britain Bashes Bermuda for Taking Gitmo Inmates

Overseas territory told it's getting too big for its britches with resettlement deal
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2009 4:51 AM CDT
Bermuda's Prime Minister Ewart Brown gives a news conference on the resettlement of Uighur detainees on the island yesterday.   (AP Photo/The Royal Gazette, Akil Simmons)
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(Newser) – Britain has berated its oldest remaining colony for taking in former Guantanamo detainees without asking London's permission first, the BBC reports. American officials say they dealt directly with Bermuda on the issue, through its British-appointed governor, as they arranged to release four Chinese Muslim Uighurs to Bermuda.

"The Bermuda government consider this to be a matter regarding their day-to-day responsibility for immigration," said a snippy statement from Britain's Foreign Office. "We have underlined to the Bermuda government that it should have consulted the UK on whether this falls within their competence or is a foreign affairs or security issue for which the Bermuda government do not have delegated responsibility." (Read more Bermuda stories.)