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Denmark rejects US request to take Guantanamo detainees

[JURIST] Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Per Stig Moeller [official profile] said Friday that Denmark has rejected a US request to accept the transfer of several detainees from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Moeller said that the detainees could be potential security risks.

Approximately 70 detainees have been cleared for release [DOD press release], but the US has not yet found nations willing to accept the prisoners. In August, US President George W. Bush said that while he hopes that the prison can eventually be closed, other countries have been reluctant to accept the detainees [JURIST report]. Last year UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak [official website] said that European countries could help bring about the closing of Guantanamo Bay by accepting some detainees [JURIST report] into their judicial and penitentiary systems. AP has more.

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