Finland turns down US request to give asylum to Chinese Muslims held in GuantanamoFinland is just beyond Political Correctness:
Finland turns down US request to give asylum to Chinese Muslims held in Guantanamo
A group of 15 Chinese Muslims, or Uighur, being held in the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are still being kept at the prison, although they had been cleared for release nearly two years ago. The Washington Post reports that the US does not know what to do with the prisoners. Experts believe that if they were sent to China, they could face torture or execution. The US has asked about 20 countries, including Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey to give them asylum. The US Defense Department reportedly ordered the release of 15 of the Uighur already in late 2003, and again in March this year. Five of the group had been in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were captured by Pakistani bounty hunters in order to cash in on the rewards offered by the United States for Muslim extremists in the area. Ten of the prisoners were classified as "fairly harmless". They had operated against the Chinese Communist government. Seven of the Uighur were classified as "enemy combatants" and were kept imprisoned.