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Guantanamo prison unlikely to be closed by Jan 22: US

The controversial Guantanamo Bay detention centre of the United States is unlikely to be closed by January 22 next year, as announced by the Obama Administration, but the process is on in this regard, a top US official has said.

world Updated: Nov 14, 2009 22:59 IST

The controversial Guantanamo Bay detention centre of the United States is unlikely to be closed by January 22 next year, as announced by the Obama Administration, but the process is on in this regard, a top US official has said.

"I think it is going to be difficult to close the facility by January the 22nd," US Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters at a news conference in Washington.

On January 22, the White House had announced that the detention facility would be shut down within the year amid a series of allegations of human rights abuses.

"One of the things that I think is most problematic in that regard is trying to relocate the people who are going to be approved for transfer, finding places where they can be safely placed, both for the nation that will host them and for American citizens," Holder said.

"I am not sure we are going to be able to complete that process by January the 22nd, though we are constantly in the process of trying to do exactly that," Holder said.

He said Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks along with four other co-plotters held at Guantanamo Bay, will be moved to a New York prison ahead of their trial in a New York court.