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Detainees from over 20 nations remain at Guantanamo

world Updated: Jun 30, 2009 08:50 IST
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Approximately 229 detainees from "about two dozen countries" are still held in Guantanamo, according to the latest Pentagon figures, provided to AFP. Of the remaining detainees, the largest group, about 100 men, is from Yemen.

The next most represented nationals are Afghans and Algerians, with about 20 from each country, according to the US Department of Defense.

In addition, the Pentagon said there are roughly 10 Saudi detainees and 13 Chinese Muslim ethnic Uighurs left at the detention facility in the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay in southeastern Cuba. There are between five and 10 detainees each from Libya, Pakistan, Syria and Tunisia, according to the figures.

Other detainees still being held at Guantanamo come from Azerbaijan, Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, the Palestinian territories, Tajikistan, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.

Since US President Barack Obama took office on January 20, one Yemeni detainee has committed suicide, a Tanzanian man was transferred to the United States to face trial before a federal court, a British resident of Ethiopian origin was transferred to Britain and four Chinese Uighurs were sent to Bermuda.

In addition, a young detainee with dual Chadian and Saudi nationality was sent to Chad and an Iraqi and three Saudis were sent to their home countries.