25 Sep 2009

US says Palau will take 12 Uighurs jailed in Guantanamo

3:19 pm on 25 September 2009

The United States has agreed with Palau to transfer up to 12 of the 13 Uighur Chinese detainees still held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Palau.

So far, six Uighurs have agreed to go to Palau and the US hopes two more will agree soon.

The US captured the Uighurs in Afghanistan in 2001 and has held them for eight years without trying them.

China has demanded that they be returned to China but the U.S. government has said it could not do so because they would face persecution.

Another four Uighurs have already been moved to Bermuda.