Sweden Grants Asylum To One Gitmo Uighur

Sweden has accepted as a refugee one of the 18 Uighurs being held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay. Authorities ruled that Adel Hakimjan was not a terrorist and granted him permanent residency. (More from Dagens Nyheter in Swedish.)

The 17 Uighurs still being held at Guantanamo have all been cleared for release, but the U.S. cannot find any country willing to take them. Beijing holds them to be terror suspects and wants them to be returned.

The decision on Hakimjan comes ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to China during which the fate of the Uighurs being held in Gitmo is expected to be one of the topics of discussion.

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