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Malaysia to seek bringing back 2 citizens in Guantanamo

2009-01-28 13:57:11 GMT2009-01-28 21:57:11 (Beijing Time)  xinhuanet

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan.28 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia is mulling ways to bring back the two Malaysians currently detained in Guantanamo after U.S. President Barack Obama recently ordered the prison there to be closed, local media reported on Wednesday.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Rais Yatim said on Wednesday that bringing the two back required meticulous preparation and his ministry would initiate the effort according to the diplomatic requirements, according to Malaysia's national news services Bernama.

However this case would take time to be resolved although Obama had signed the executive order, Rais said.

The two Malaysian detainees, Mohd Farik Amin or Zaid (Zubair) and Mohammed Nazir Lep or Bashir Lep (Lillie), were detained at Guantanamo since 2003 for alleged involvement in the Jemaah Islamiah and Al-Qaeda military groups, Bernama said.

They were among 250 detainees at the U.S. facility, Bernama said.

Last Saturday, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that Malaysia would seek permission from the U.S. government to allow Malaysian police officers to meet with the two detainees and bring them back to be imprisoned in Malaysia.

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