Switzerland accepts Guantanamo detainee
Switzerland on Wednesday accepted to resettle an Uzbek detainee held at Guantanamo Bay.Geneva -- Switzerland on Wednesday accepted to resettle an Uzbek detainee held at the controversial US military detention centre for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Swiss government said after a cabinet meeting that it had received assurances from the United States that the man did not constitute a danger to public safety and had never been prosecuted.
"The Federal Council (government) decided today to accept on humanitarian grounds one Uzbek citizen currently held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp," a government statement said.
"The USA's accusation that the man has links with terrorist groups has never been proven. As long ago as 2005, the imprisoned Uzbeki was classified by the USA as 'cleared for release'," it added.
The move to allow the Uzbek into Switzerland followed a detailed investigation since August and checks with other foreign security services, after he submitted a written application for transfer.
The man, who was not named, will live in the western Swiss canton of Geneva, where he has pledged to learn the language of his new home and find work.
US President Barack Obama's administration announced Tuesday that a batch of detainees will be transferred to a maximum-security jail in rural Illinois before the Guantanamo detention facility's closure on 22 January.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the administration intends to release or extradite 116 of the 210 detainees still at Guantanamo to their countries of origin or to third countries willing to accept them.
AFP / Expatica