Maldives offers to accept two Guantanamo detainees

[JURIST] Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed has offered to accept two detainees held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, discussing his decision during his weekly radio address on Friday 14 May. The offer is being described as a humanitarian gesture, but opposition parties have objected the move of the detainees. The Dhivehi Qaumee Party has threatened to file a case against the government for violating national security, and the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party has submitted a case to the parliamentary National Security Committee. Nasheed encouraged those opposing the decision to submit their complaints and explained the offer, saying:

    In my view, it is not in line at all with our Constitution, Islam, or ‘Maldivianness’ that we refuse to help especially Muslims, especially those wrongly imprisoned.

The prisoners have not been identified, but one is known to be from Palestine. The only Maldivian held at Guantanamo, Ibrahim Fauzee, was flown home in May 2005 after being arrested in 2002 while studying Islam in Pakistan.

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