Guantanamo detainee transferred to Bulgaria

Balkan Insight reports that the US Department of Defense announced on Tuesday that it had transferred one detainee from its detention centre at Guantanamo Bay to the custody of the Bulgarian government.

In a statement on May 4, Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said that the man is already in Bulgaria accompanied by his relatives, the Sofia Echo reports.

According to media reports in January 2010, Tsvetanov said that there were two Guantanamo prisoners who could be brought to the country. The criteria foreseen so far by Bulgaria was that the former detainee should be married – meaning, as Tsvetanov put it – that the candidate should evidence family values, be younger than 40 and not have been a troublemaker while in the prison facility.

The Guantanamo prisoner who was transferred to Bulgaria is to be granted humanitarian status in the country, meaning he will not be incarcerated but treated as a refugee.


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