Sipping orange juice before their midday prayers sit three men once treated as terrorists by two of the world’s most powerful nations.
Ahmed Adil, Adil Abdul Hakim and Abu Bakr Qassim were despatched to Guantanamo Bay at the dawn of the “war on terror”.
The US military eventually ruled that they did not pose a threat and set them free last summer.
In their native China, however, they remain wanted men, regarded as militant Muslim separatists sympathetic to al-Qaeda.
Fearing they would face torture or death if handed over to Beijing, the US arranged asylum for five of its former captives in Albania, Ahmed Adil, Adil Abdul Hakim and Abu Bakr Qassim and two other Uighurs. (A further 13 of their compatriots remain in Guantanamo.) [Full Text]