US Attorney General Holder to visit Guantanamo

Other News Materials 19 February 2009 21:09 (UTC +04:00)

Eric Holder, the top US law enforcement officer, will on Monday visit the controversial detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which President Barack Obama has promised to close down within one year.

Attorney General Holder said he will travel to Guantanamo to get a first-hand look at the treatment of terrorism suspects, dpa reported.

"We need to have our feet on the ground to really see what is going on down at the facility, to see how people are being detained, to talk to people down there about the interrogation techniques that are being used," Holder told reporters Wednesday at the Justice Department.

Just two days after his January 20 inauguration, Obama ordered the prison camp shuttered within one year and prohibited the torture of suspected terrorists being held in US custody.

Guantanamo had become a lightning rod for criticism of the treatment of detainees under former president George W Bush.

Obama suspended all military tribunals and has launched a review of the roughly 245 prisoners still at the facility, only 22 of whom have been charged with crimes.