Two weeks after Portugal's foreign minister said his country would be
willing to give residency permits to innocent prisoners held at the Guantanamo
Bay prison camp for suspected terrorists, German officials are saying they would
consider the same move.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has ordered his staff to study
the legal implications of taking in former prisoners who have become stateless
or run the risk of prosecution, torture or execution if they return to their
The overwhelmingly supportive "word on the street" in Germany follows.