Europe must accept ex-Guantanamo detainees, says senator
Dick Marty said Europe has a duty to support the United States, "which wants to return to the rule of law."
Strasbourg -- A Swiss senator who led a probe into the CIA's so-called secret rendition flights and prisons on Tuesday urged European countries to grant ex-Guantanamo detainees asylum.
Dick Marty said Europe has a duty to support the United States, "which wants to return to the rule of law," after President Barack Obama said he would close the "war on terror" prison within a year.
Citing Poland and Romania, he also said that countries, which had colluded in the detention and secret transfer of terrorist suspects in or across the continent, had "another reason to accept freed (Guantanamo) detainees."
Although EU foreign ministers underlined Monday the need to help Obama close the controversial detention centre at the US naval base in Cuba, few are keen to accept the freed prisoners.
Marty, who led a Council of Europe investigation into rendition, reiterated calls that unless detainees are transferred abroad they could face the death penalty in home countries like Yemen, whose promises to rehabilitate its ex-prisoners would amount to "nothing pleasant," he said.