U.S. Frees


Some Of Detainees Said To Be Between Ages Of 13, 16
AP, May 5, 2003

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon released 22 prisoners Monday from the high-security compound for terrorist suspects in Cuba, possibly including some teenagers.

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An defense official interviewed by The Associated Press had said he believed juveniles were among those to be released. News that several boys between the ages of 13 and 16 were among the prisoners drew criticism earlier from human rights groups and a call for their immediate release.

Some of the detainees have been held for a year and a half without charges and without access to a lawyer.

Military officials would not say where the 22 prisoners were taken. Most of the prisoners released earlier from Guantanamo Bay have been flown to Pakistan or Afghanistan and set free.

Defense officials say the release has nothing to do with a complaint by Secretary of State Colin Powell, who has been pressing the Pentagon to move faster in determining the fate of those held at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

About 660 prisoners from 42 countries are held, many captured during the war against al-Qaida in Afghanistan. Officials have declined to identify them, their countries or any other details about them, including the exact number held.


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