Hunger-striking ex-Gitmo inmate in Uruguay hospitalized again

Montevideo (AFP) –


A former inmate at the US Guantanamo military prison who was resettled in Uruguay was hospitalized Saturday amid a prolonged hunger strike, an official told AFP.

Jihad Diyab, a 45-year-old Syrian, was taken to the Hospital de Clinicas in Montevideo, said Christian Mirza, a government intermediary with former Guantanamo inmates.

It was the second time his week that Diyab was hospitalized after launching a hunger strike about three weeks ago to press his demand to be reunited with his family in Turkey.

On Friday, he told local media that if he died, his death would be the responsibility of "the United States and Uruguay."

Held in Guantanamo for 12 years without charge, Diyab was released in 2014 from the US-run military prison in Cuba to Uruguay along with five other former inmates, under an agreement with Washington.

The ex-prisoner has repeatedly shown that he wants out of Uruguay.

He fled the country and turned up in Venezuela, where he appeared at the Uruguayan consulate on July 26 seeking help reuniting with his family in Turkey.

In Venezuela, Diyab was jailed at the headquarters of the secret police, who prevented him from receiving visitors, including activists following his case and his US-based lawyer, Jon Eisenberg.

He was sent back to Uruguay on August 30.

Diyab insists he cannot financially support his family in Turkey while living in Uruguay.