November 26th, 2009

Government approves deal with US on receiving Guantanamo detainee

The Hungarian government has given its official consent to the Hungary-US agreement on accepting a detainee from Guantanamo, Gabor Juhasz, minister in charge of the civilian secret services, told MTI on Thursday.

The government’s decree ensures the legal framework for the former prisoner to arrive in Hungary from now on, the minister said.

Similarly to most European countries that have agreed to take in detainees from Guantanamo, Hungary has decided not to disclose the identity of the former prisoner, the person’s time of arrival or place of residence.

The government will provide support to the former detainee for settling in the country. The newcomer will be given access to health-care services, language learning opportunities and he will also be assisted in finding a job. The government has also agreed not to extradite the person to a third country, the minister said.

Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai announced in mid-September that Hungary would take in one former prisoner, likely to be a Palestinian national.

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