Guantanamo 4 hit shops on first day of freedom

Posted on 8:40 PM by Sameer Shah

Four Guantanamo Bay inmates have celebrated their first day of freedom in Bermuda by going shopping.

As a storm erupted over America releasing the four in the British colony without telling the Foreign Office, they bought trousers, toothpaste and other toiletries, then played football with local teenagers.

Salahidin Abdulahat, 32, one of the four Uighur Muslims, from eastern and central Asia, said: 'I have been in jail for over seven years. Innocently.

'First I would like to rest for a couple of weeks. Then I would like to work. I would love to have a Bermuda passport and live as a normal member of society.'

The Foreign Office, which controls the colony's security, expressed shock at the deal between the US and Bermudan Premier Ewart Brown.

'We are deeply disappointed that they negotiated the movement of the four people here with the United States without consulting us because, to us, it pretty clearly cuts across foreign affairs and security issues,' said island Governor Sir Richard Gozney.

Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague said it was 'astonishing' that Downing Street knew nothing of the deal.

But Gordon Brown said Barack Obama had called to thank him after the Uighurs' arrival on the island.

The US abandoned a plan to settle them on the outskirts of Washington DC after protests from locals.

The four are living in a waterfront cottage and have been given a woman interpreter.

A Bermuda official said they will be given work permits.

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