The United Kingdom is said to be considering plans for the opening of its own version of the notorious US military prison, Guantanamo, for what it calls ‘Muslim extremists.’
A review by Justice Secretary Michael Gove, due to be published in March, is examining how ‘convicted extremists’ behave in prison.
According to the Telegraph, the proposal to hold extremists separately was reportedly raised in discussions as part of a review into radicalization in jails.
The prospect of putting scores of extremists in one place and separating them from other inmates, such as the special secure unit at Belmarsh, was hinted at by the UK prime minister this week.
David Cameron said that about 1,000 prisoners have been identified as extremists or vulnerable to extremism and that some were preying on the weak.
“I am prepared to consider major changes: from the imams we allow to preach in our prisons to changing locations and methods for dealing with prisoners convicted of terrorism offences, if that is what is required,” Cameron said.