Belize City Mayor Says He Has No Fear Towards Khan
Forty-two-year-old Majid Khan, a convicted terrorist who spent 16 years at Guantanamo Bay and had links to Al Qaeda has resettled in Belize. Majid Khan left Guantanamo early Thursday and arrived in Belize several hours later. He is the first detainee to be resettled by the Biden administration and one of the few to be sent to a location in the Western Hemisphere. Khan in a statement issued through his legal team stated (quote) “I have been given a second chance in life and I intend to make the most of it. I deeply regret the things that I did many years ago, and I have taken responsibility and tried to make up for them. I continue to ask for forgiveness from God and those I have hurt. I am truly sorry. The world has changed a lot in 20 years, and I have changed a lot as well. I promise all of you, especially the people of Belize, that I will be a productive, law-abiding member of society. Thank you for believing in me, and I will not let you down. My actions will speak louder than my words.” (end of quote) The US Government facilitated the resettlement, using US resources. Khan’s resettlement comes with strict security measures and conditions and it is not believed that he poses a threat to the US and Belize. Members of the public are divided on this matter and so we asked Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner about his views.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “I believe my fears in respect to the individual was allayed by the support given to the individual by our Ministry of Foreign Affairs, our government and of course the United States of America so clearly they have done their homework and so we have to essentially give it some chance to see how it works.”