Spain’s Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos announced on Monday that the country is now willing to accept two prisoners from the United States’ Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. He also said that the Spanish government is trying to ensure that the process is carried out smoothly.
The nationalities of the prisoners are unknown at the moment, and the FM has said that Spain would assist US President Barrack Obama in his attempt to shut down this jail of ‘moral and ethical anachronism’.
The Guantanamo Prison was started in 2002 by George W. Bush, and since its operation began, it has received deep criticism for abuse of human rights of the prisoners who were arrested under allegations of terrorism, but denied a trial. The transfer of these prisoners is part of an initiative undertaken by the current US president to shut down the jail.
Barack Obama became US President in 2009, and had said that the prison would be shut down on January 22 this year. However, 200 prisoners have still not been expatriated and the goal seems a distinct possibility.