One Uighur missing?

Unconfirmed reports said that one of the six Uighurs – former Guantanamo detainees – in Palau has gone missing. Two Palauans with prominent stature in the community, on separate occasions, have told me.

The latest from this morning, said that an arrangement was made with a third country willing to accept one of the Uighurs, but a tight lid has been kept on the information, so as not to draw undue attention from China.

President Remengesau didn’t mention anything on the status of the Uighurs whether one of them has transferred out of the country in last Wednesday’s press conference. A recent online story by a major a Canadian newspaper, didn’t mention the missing Uighur, so perhaps there is really nothing to it.

Update Feb. 11, 2013, 1:20am: The missing Uighur is said to be Adel Noori, aka Zarfari, who is said to be the leader of the Uighurs in Palau. The third country is speculated to be Japan.

Noori, who worked as a security guard at Palau Community College,  is said to have been flown to Japan before heading to Turkey. Noori’s wife, who was with him in Palau is already out of the country in Turkey where she is expecting a child.

Another Uighur is said to have taken Noori’s position as a security guard at the community college.

By Kambes


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