“Four Chinese Muslim detainees who had been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility have been resettled in Bermuda.
Premier Dr. Ewart Brown made the announcement this morning at a press conference and stressed that the men were innocent.
The four men —aged 25 to 35— are Chinese Muslims called Uighurs and arrived by air last night. They will be given the opportunity to get Bermudian status.
Dr. Brown said: “These men are landed in Bermuda in the short term provided with the opportunity to become naturalised citizens and therefore afforded the right to travel and leave Bermuda potentially settling elsewhere.”
Today one of the men, Abdul Nasser, issued a statement through his lawyers, saying: ‘Growing up under communism we always dreamed of living in peace and working in free society like this one. Today you have let freedom ring….”
I don’t know about how innocent they are. Time will tell. But one thing concerns me and that is the phrase “short term.” Bermuda used the term as did the government of Palau in taking in these guys. What exactly constitutes “short term?” When the checks stop coming? What?