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US transfers Guantanamo inmates to Bahrain, Iran, Pakistan

16-10-2006

WASHINGTON, (KUNA) -- The United States has transferred four detainees held in Guantanamo prison to Bahrain, Pakistan and Iran, the Defense Department said in a statement on Monday.

It said "It transferred one detainee to Bahrain, one detainee to Iran and two detainees to Pakistan. These detainees were all recommended for transfer due to Administrative Review Board processes conducted at Guantanamo Bay," it said.

The statement did not reveal their nationalities.

With the new transfer, approximately 435 detainees remain at Guantanamo, about 110 of them have been "determined eligible" by the US Government for transfer or release through a comprehensive series of review processes.

"Departure of these remaining detainees approved for transfer or release is subject to ongoing discussions between the United States and other nations. The United States does not desire to hold detainees for any longer than necessary," it said.

The statement said it expected other transfers and releases of detainees.

"There are ongoing processes to review the status of detainees held at Guantanamo. A determination about the continued detention or transfer of a detainee is based on the best information and evidence available at the time, both classified and unclassified," it said.

Approximately 340 detainees have departed Guantanamo for other countries including Albania, Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Yemen, it said. (end) sa.

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