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US in talks to transfer detainees

Facing international pressure to resolve the cases of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, the US government has been quietly negotiating the transfer of some detainees back to their home countries for detention and prosecution, according to two federal officials. The proposed transfers, which US officials hope will take place by January, are part of the US government’s strategy to process the cases of the 660 suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. Some detainees have been held at the American facility in Cuba for nearly two years without charges, access to lawyers, or free communication with the outside world. While the US government plans to convene military tribunals to prosecute detainees who are deemed a “high threat,” officials plan to repatriate some of those who are deemed a “low threat” if their governments agree to monitor them or prosecute them, said one official with direct knowledge of the negotiations. Full Story

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