Official says Uighur man released from Guantanamo Bay prison to Palau is now missing

Published February 14, 2013

| Associated Press

One of six Uighur men resettled to Palau after being released from the Guantanamo Bay military prison has reportedly gone missing.

The deputy chief of staff to Palau's president says Adel Noori has been missing since late last year.

Rhinehart Silas said by phone Thursday that Noori had no passport and it was unclear where he went. He said the government just learned of his disappearance and was investigating.

Uighurs are Muslims from the restive region of Xinjiang in western China.

The six were resettled to the South Pacific nation in 2009 after a U.S. judge ordered their release from Guantanamo, where they were imprisoned for about eight years for allegedly having ties to terrorist organizations.

Few other nations were willing to accept the men.