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Palau’s Muslims anxiously await Gitmo detainees


Uddi, a maintenance worker, has lived in Palau for more than a decade. He says he is not worried about the Uighurs because if they come, it is Allah’s will.  “If they are real Muslims, they have to follow what our Quran says,” said Uddi, adding that he does not tolerate the violence embraced by extremists. (Sounds like Uddi is giving Tomoko a  real golden  taqiyya -shower!   Or could it be that  he doesn’t know how to read his ‘holy book’ correctly?…/ed)

AP – Muslims pray during Friday’s prayers at a mosque in Koror, Palau, Friday, June 19, 

KOROR, Palau – At the call to prayer, the men turn one-by-one down a narrow path through the jungle, marked only by a towering coconut tree.

Hidden at the end of the dirt track stands the sole mosque in Koror, home to more than two-thirds of people in Palau, the tiny Pacific nation that has agreed to take in a group of Chinese Muslim detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

The mosque is perched on bamboo stilts and held together by a patchwork of corrugated metal. For the small group of about 500 Muslims in this predominantly Christian nation, this is a spiritual (More..>>)

(ANSAmed) – TUNIS, 19 JUNE – “Tunisia is astonished by claims of the violation of human rights that some Tunisian prisoners supposedly could undergo if they are repatriated to their country of origin,” the Tunisian Ministry for Justice and Human Rights said in a statement reacting to the prospects for Tunisian prisoners at Guantanamo who could be sent home. “Such claims, made to justify the transfer of these citizens resident abroad to certain European countries rather than repatriating them, are totally baseless. The Constitution of Tunisia guarantees the physical and moral integrity of any person on its territory and the country has always collaborated with the United Nations and international institutions on such matters,” the statement claimed. “The fact of being detained at the Guantanamo camp is not proof of guilt. The detainees convicted in their absence by Tunisian courts can, when that happens, make use of their right to appeal against such judgements”. The ministry cited the case of two former Guantanamo detainees who were repatriated in 2007 who appealed. “They benefitted from a fair and public trial and their sentences were reduced. They are held in normal conditions and receive regular visits from family members and their lawyers.” “In this context, the repatriation to Canada of Said Jaziri, an Imam of Tunisian origin, should be remembered. It was also said of him, in certain circles, that he would be badly treated in his country. After his arrival in Tunisia, Said Jaziri was not prosecuted, nor arrested or denounced. He currently lives peacefully with his family,” said the statement. (ANSAmed).