Uighurs working at Bermuda golf course

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Four Chinese Uighurs, former detainees at Guantanamo, Cuba, are helping prepare Bermuda's Port Royal Golf Course for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, officials said.

Wendall Brown, head of the board of trustees for public golf courses, said job openings came up because a group of Filipinos who were working at the course decided to return to their homeland, The Royal Gazette reported. Brown described the jobs as temporary until the Grand Slam is held in October.


"They have only just started but they are doing what everyone else does -- starting at the bottom and fitting in," said Steve Johnson, who heads landscaping and grass cultivation at the course.

The four arrived in Bermuda two months ago.

The Uighurs, Chinese Muslims from the Uighur Autonomous Area in western China, were detained in Afghanistan. U.S. investigators determined years ago they were not terrorists, but they remained in legal limbo because they are likely to face torture and even execution in China and could not, under U.S. law, be released into the United States.

Other Uighurs remain at Guantanamo, although the Pacific island nation of Palau has said it might accept some.


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