Holder confirms Guantanamo will close despite improvements Ingrid Burke at 12:19 PM ET
[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website; JURIST news archive] Wednesday confirmed the Obama administration's intention to close Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in 2010 despite his belief that the facility is now well-run and that detainees are treated appropriately by guards. After visiting the prison [JURIST report] earlier this week, Holder told reporters that he was impressed with what he saw there. His comments stand in direct contrast to statements [Reuters report] made earlier this week by Reprieve [advocacy website] human rights lawyer Ahmed Ghappour, who said that complaints of beatings and other abuses have increased substantially since December as guards supposedly anticipated closure and stricter restraints imposed by the new administration. Reprieve currently represents 31 Guantanamo detainees.
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