US asks Germany to take Guantanamo Bay prisoners

May 3, 2009 19:58

The United States has asked Germany to accept some Guantanamo prisoners when the facility is closed, the Interior Ministry said Sunday, confirming German media reports. An Interior Ministry spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with the ministry's policy, confirmed a report in Der Spiegel magazine that the US has provided a list of names of prisoners it would like Germany to accept. "There is a concrete request," the spokesman said, saying he could not provide any further details. Der Spiegel reported, without citing sources, that the US had asked Germany to accept 10 prisoners. Top-selling Bild newspaper, meanwhile, reported the 10 were Chinese Muslims, known as Uighurs. It also did not cite sources.

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