Italy receives two Guantanamo prisoners

Rome, Dec 1 (DPA) Two Tunisians held captive in the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay arrived Monday in Italy, the Interior Ministry said.

The two arrived in the evening in the northern Italian metropolis of Milan.

The acceptance of the suspected terrorists “sealed the close cooperation with the American government in fulfilling US President Barack Obama’s intention to close the prisoner facility”, the Interior Ministry said in its statement.

The two men are to be placed immediately in a high security prison upon their arrival, Italian media reports said.

The government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi declared in June that it would accept three Guantanamo prisoners who are also under investigation in Italy.

An estimated 210 prisoners remain in the controversial Guantanamo facility, set up by former US president George W. Bush to hold suspected terrorists from around the world.

To date, only a handful of prisoners are slated to be