Court mulls early release of Uighurs from Gitmo

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court has expressed skepticism about a judge's order releasing 17 Turkic Muslims from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the United States.

During oral arguments Monday, the appeals court indicated that a federal judge might have acted too quickly last month in ordering the immediate release of the 17 men, known as Uighurs.

The three judges suggested that the detainees might need to formally apply to enter the country via the Department of Homeland Security, which administers U.S. immigration laws.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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