'Why not 18 months ago? What's changed?'
While the families of the five British detainees released from Guantanamo Bay reacted with joy and relief at their imminent return, campaigners and pressure groups demanded to know why four other Britons would remain in the notorious prison camp. Amnesty International called the releases a “lottery” and the Liberal Democrat leader, Charles Kennedy, urged the American government to bring all those being held at Guantanamo within the compass of international law. A spokeswoman for Amnesty, Lesley Warner, said: “Considering that none of the five Britons has been charged with any crime or even had access to a lawyer, these releases are long overdue. “This has the feeling of a lottery: five men are to be transferred to the UK, yet some 650 – including Britons – remain in legal limbo without even being charged, let alone given a fair trial.” Full Story