No "Gitmo prisoners" to NL

8th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 November 2007, THE HAGUE – The Netherlands will not take in any former prisoners from the American prison camp at Guantanamo Bay on Cuba. It is up to the United States to take in the suspects no longer regarded as terrorists or allow them to return safely to their home countries.

8 November 2007

THE HAGUE – The Netherlands will not take in any former prisoners from the American prison camp at Guantanamo Bay on Cuba. It is up to the United States to take in the suspects no longer regarded as terrorists or allow them to return safely to their home countries.

Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said this on Thursday in Parliament during the debate on his budget for 2008. Verhagen says the US has not officially approached the Netherlands about the matter.

The several dozen people in question were arrested by the Americans as suspected terrorists in countries like Afghanistan and brought to Guantanamo. The US no longer sees these individuals as suspects. It has emerged however that many of them could be in danger if they were to return to their own countries.

D66 wants the Netherlands to offer 50 former suspects the chance of asylum. The VVD also felt that NATO countries should be prepared to take these people in if they are in danger of being tortured or sentenced to death in their own countries. The European Parliament is sympathetic to this idea. CDA, PvdA and SP however are fiercely opposed. They think that the Americans have created this problem and must themselves find a solution.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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