Any decision to admit former detainees of Guantanamo prison will be left up to each EU country individually, and restrictions on their freedom of movement within the bloc may be imposed.
The EU’s Justice Commissioner will visit Washington in the middle of March. He will ask for explanations of why the US does not consider those to be released dangerous. About 250 prisoners are still in Guantanamo. Before the camp is closed under the new American president’s orders, a lawyer who represents some of the detainees has said abuse has worsened as guards “get their kicks in”. A military review says 14 allegations of guard misconduct have been substantiated. After diplomatic talks in Brussels, Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba told Euronews: “We believe we should give the US the cooperation it is now asking for. This is legally very complex. It has to be studied, to see how we can give this cooperation. It would be good to have a common European position but with some flexibility.” Several EU countries have said they are ready in principle to take in detainees. The UK already has. In a confidential EU policy document, the US was told if it wants help in this, the Americans must not turn their military base in Bagram, Afghanistan, where more than 600 prisoners are held, into a new Guantanamo.