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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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.
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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 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.
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By August 2009, the Uyghurs had jobs at Port Royal golf course and were settled in to life in Bermuda.
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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.
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Government moved quickly to get the four new jobs, and we found out in March 2011 that they were working in construction.
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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.
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