Spain sees legal problems in accepting Guantanamo detainees

26th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

The European Union is divided over the question, with the Netherlands ruling out accepting any newly freed inmates.

Madrid -- Serious legal problems would be involved in the idea of resettling terror suspects released from Guantanamo Bay in Spain, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Friday.

Zapatero was speaking at a press conference after the daily Periodico de Catalunya reported that he favored taking in Guantanamo inmates following US president elect Barack Obama's pledge to shut down the notorious military detention center on Cuba.

"While I am anticipating (an eventual request from Washington), it poses serious legal problems," Zapatero said, while adding that no such request had yet been made.

The European Union is divided over the question, with the Netherlands ruling out accepting any newly freed inmates, Portugal and Germany signaling that they might do so, and France welcoming the camp's imminent closure but calling for a common European position.

Sweden has said it is Washington's responsibility, while media reports have suggested Denmark will refuse any US request, and Poland doubts whether it can deal with the type of prisoner being held.

AFP/Expatica

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