Sunday, June 10, 2007

Powell: Close Guantanamo now

ABC News Online, Australia

Last Update: Monday, June 11, 2007. 10:35am (AEST)

By North America correspondent Mark Simkin

Former US secretary of state Colin Powell says the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba should be closed immediately.

The United States is still holding around 380 alleged terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.

The retired general says the facility is hurting America's reputation and doing more harm than good.

"If it was up to me I would close Guantanamo not tomorrow, but this afternoon. I'd close it," he said.

He says the prisoners should not be released but instead transferred to the United States and put on trial.

The military commissions at Guantanamo Bay have been beset by delays and legal problems.

So far, the only person to be successfully tried is Australian David Hicks.

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