UK to ask US to free residents from Guantanamo

01:43, Jan 31 2009
SEND THEM BACK: A detainee prays at the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay. Britain has changed tack on its policy over the camp, saying it will request the US release five UK residents who are being held there.

Britain, in a change of policy, has said it would ask the United States to release from Guantanamo Bay five men who were legally resident in Britain before they were detained but were not British nationals.

The decision by new Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government marks a departure from the policy of former Prime Minister Tony Blair's government, which generally held that it was not obliged to seek the release of Guantanamo inmates who had lived in Britain but were not nationals.