Premier Ewart Brown shaking hands with Khalil Mamut sortly after the Uyghurs' arrival in Bermuda in 2009. <em>*File photo</em>
Premier Ewart Brown shaking hands with Khalil Mamut sortly after the Uyghurs' arrival in Bermuda in 2009. *File photo

On June 11, 2009 the United States department of Justice announced that four Guantanamo Bay prisoners – Uyghurs from China – had been resettled in Bermuda.

U.S. resettles four Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Bermuda


The Bermuda Sun immediately posted the story online and shortly after then-Premier Ewart Brown made a speech about why the four were allowed into Bermuda.

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From prison to paradise


It was soon revealed that the Governor and most Cabinet members had no idea that the ‘Gitmo four’ were being brought to Bermuda and public outrage ran high.

Diplomatic firestorm

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A day after the announcement, the Bermuda Sun scored a world-exclusive interview with Salahidin Abdulahat, one of the four. We also brought you the first pictures of them – including the private jet they flew in and their first moments in Bermuda.

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The salty taste of freedom

Overseas support rolls in for Brown

Britain might reduce BDA's diplomatic power

PLP closes ranks

Refugees would fight to stay in BDA


The Uyghurs were happy, but many of Premier Brown’s political counterparts weren’t. A move was made to oust him, but the vote of no confidence failed as many in his party supported him.

Brown's day of reckoning

Ewart Brown: 'I will survive'

Premier Brown survives confidence vote

Victory for Brown but a setback for democracy

Sharpton praises Bermuda's 'moral leadership'

Was it a unifying speech?

Uighurs seek Rev. Sharpton's help

Long night of the clucking tongues

Letter - Uighurs praise Sun coverage

Letter - Explained: the rift between China and the Uighurs

Uighurs despair over violence

Human rights expert: Don't listen to Chinese propaganda

MPs should be given a full report on the Uighur fiasco

Clinton heaps praise on our 'courageous' Premier Brown

Terror accused attacks China's brutality to Uyghurs

Uyghurs describe ordeal at the hands of Chinese agents

Timeline: the Gitmo Four - what happened and when


By August 2009, the Uyghurs had jobs at Port Royal golf course and were settled in to life in Bermuda.

Uyghurs' joy at par-fect new life in BDA

Uyghurs are 'no threat whatsoever'

Uyghur row cools in London

Tussle over Uyghurs back in U.S. Supreme Court today

Ughyurs settling into island life

Supreme Court review could open door for Uyghurs to live in U.S.

Bermuda Uyghurs' joy as Guantanamo 'brothers' freed

'We are thankful for the new beginning Bermuda has given us'

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Uyghurs savour freedom a year on

Blow-by-blow - Premier Brown's last staged clash with the media


But in October 2010 we revealed that it was unlikely the four would ever get passports or Bermudian status – and they had been made redundant from their jobs.

Prisoners in paradise?


Government moved quickly to get the four new jobs, and we found out in March 2011 that they were working in construction.

Uyghurs get new jobs

Bermudians' fury as new jobs are found for Uyghurs

Leaked files could shed fresh light on Uyghur deal

U.S. Consulate condemns document leaks

Uyghur lawyer condemns Wikileak of Gitmo deals

Uyghurs land construction jobs

Ewart Brown: Why I acted alone on the Uyghurs

Uyghurs will remain stuck in limbo

'The Uyghurs coming to Bermuda was my low spot'


The New York Post caught up with three of the Uyghurs after they’d been in Bermuda for more than three years and the men described their struggle.

New solution for Uyghurs?

New York tabloid puts spotlight on Bermuda's Uyghurs