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Trump says would 'certainly consider' sending NY suspect to Guantanamo

AFP , Wednesday 1 Nov 2017
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US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would "certainly consider" sending New York terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov to America's military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"Send him to Gitmo, I would certainly consider that," Trump told reporters at the beginning of a cabinet meeting, using the nickname for the jail site.

Authorities say Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant who moved to America in 2010 and is not a US citizen, used a rented pickup truck to mow down pedestrians and cyclists along a mile-long stretch of a bike path on Lower's Manhattan's West Side on Tuesday.

Guantanamo gained global notoriety when Islamist fighters who were captured in Afghanistan were put there in the months following the US-led invasion.

The prison only houses non-US citizens, with American accused jihadists processed in federal court.

The population has shrunk from a high of more than 750 down to 41 after years of attempts by Barack Obama's administration to shutter it amid claims of abuse and a lack of due process.

In the face of Republican opposition, Obama never succeeded and Trump has taken a different track, saying as a candidate that he wants to load up Guantanamo with "some bad dudes."

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