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Blair Personally Appeals to Bush for Guantanamo Detainees' Release
VOA News
26 Jun 2004, 13:46 UTC

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has asked President Bush to return four British nationals who are being held as terrorist suspects at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Officials in London have declined to discuss details of the case, but court papers filed there in response to legal action brought by the prisoners' lawyers confirm that Mr. Blair made "a direct request to President Bush" to transfer custody of the four men to Britain.

Nine Britons originally were among the hundreds of people the United States detained as terrorist suspects following its military action in Afghanistan against the Taleban and the al-Qaida terrorist network. Five of the British men were returned to their home country's custody in March, and all were subsequently released.

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