China says it won't torture Guantanamo detainees
Date Published: 10/09/2008
Associated Press via Google News, Oct. 9, 2008
On Thursday the Chinese government deflected concerns that it would torture the 17 Chinese Muslims that have been held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay by stating that if they are returned to China they will be dealt with according to the law. China has requested that the United States repatriate the detainees on the grounds that they are terrorists who sought to split the western region of Xinjiang from China through acts of sporadic violence and should be brought to justice. Upon the drafting of a 19-page emergency request to a federal appeals court in which the Bush administration argued for the postponement of the detainees' release due to the concerns of possible torture, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit finally agreed to put off the group's release for at least another week. The U.S. Appeals Court has set a new deadline of next Thursday for additional filings in which the judges will decide how quickly, and in whose favor, they will act.—posted by Lelise Gobena
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