Guantanamo Prepares More Cells
Jun. 05, 2002
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ Construction crews have completed another 204 cells on Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, making way for another group of suspected Taliban and al-Qaida members, officials said Wednesday.
There are 384 detainees being held in Camp Delta on Cuba's southeastern tip. The extension brings to 228 the number of cells empty and available to hold prisoners, said Maj. Lee Reynolds, a spokesman for the detention mission at Guantanamo.
In Afghanistan, U.S. authorities are holding hundreds of men suspected of having links to the fallen Taliban regime of Afghanistan or to the al-Qaida terrorist network. There was no immediate word on when the next prisoners would arrive from Afghanistan, Reynolds said by telephone from the base.
The men are being held in Guantanamo indefinitely until authorities interrogate them and determine whether they should be sent back to their homelands or face military tribunals.
The prisoners represent 34 nationalities.