Berlin Expected to Reject Guantanamo Prisoners

Berlin's skepticism about the two men echoes its recent reluctance to take in a group of Uighurs, members of China's Muslim ethnic minority. German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble then outlined tough criteria for accepting the men, asking why the inmates couldn't be taken in by the U.S. or other countries. He also pushed for proof that they weren't dangerous, and that they had a personal connection to Germany. Finally, he insisted that Germany was unable to accept people who couldn't travel to the U.S. on a simple tourist visa.

[Four Uighurs have since been transferred to Bermuda.]

But with about 250 detainees still held at the U.S. base on Cuba -- some without any charges held against them -- the clock is ticking for Obama, who vowed to shut the controversial facility by January 2010. Many of the inmates have already been cleared for release, but U.S. officials are struggling to find countries that will take them in. There is also considerable resistance at home to moving them to the U.S.

jas/spiegel -- and wire reports

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