Guantanamo prisoner on hunger strike; Uruguay rejects demand

Abu Wa'el Dhiab has been on a hunger strike for more than a month to press his demands to leave Uruguay, which took him in along with five other former Guantanamo prisoners in 2014.

By: AP | Buenos Aires | Updated: September 20, 2016 5:15 am
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Uruguay’s government is rejecting an ultimatum by a former Guantanamo prisoner who is on a hunger strike demanding to leave the South American country. Abu Wa’el Dhiab has been on a hunger strike for more than a month to press his demands to leave Uruguay, which took him in along with five other former Guantanamo prisoners in 2014. He wants to join his wife and children in Turkey or another nation.

Dhiab gave the government a Sunday deadline for a proposal to leave. But the government’s liaison with the six resettled detainees said Monday that there’s nothing to offer him yet.

Cristian Mirza also said Dhiab’s ultimatum on Friday “did not go well” with officials. He said Lebanon, Qatar and Turkey have rejecting taking in Dhiab.