Hungary to take one Palestinian inmate at Guantanamo

Hungary has agreed to accept one inmate from the illegal U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, PM Bajnai said.

Hungary to take one Palestinian inmate at Guantanamo

Hungary has agreed to accept one inmate from the illegal U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai said on Wednesday.

"Hungary supports the closure of the Guantanamo detention camp that was announced by the president of the United States and therefore it has agreed to accept one former detainee," Bajnai told a news conference.

"The person to be picked will be a man of Palestinian citizenship," Bajnai said. "We will ... only accept a person who is not under American or international court action or investigation," Bajnai said.

The detainee, to be picked from a short-list within a few days, will be allowed to settle in the country through an 18-month long programme to be supervised by authorities.

Human rights groups and others have harshly criticised the prison that has undermined the reputation of the United States worldwide because of its illegal position. Many prisoners have been held for years without charges, and rights groups say U.S. forces have commited torture, abuse and renditon.

Human rights groups say the commissions violate detainees' legal rights and remain unconvinced by the administration's promise to refer as many cases as possible to civilian courts.

The Guantanamo prison was opened by the Bush administration to hold suspected militants after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

President Barack Obama, who took office in January, has pledged to close the controversial camp within a year and more than a dozen detainees have already been released and sent overseas.

Part of the problem of closing the prison has been finding countries willing to accept the prisoners held there.

Reuters
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