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Guantanamo refugee wants to leave Uruguay

Tuesday, December 30th 2014 - 07:29 UTC
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They are free to leave whenever they want said President Mujica. They are free to leave whenever they want said President Mujica.

Reports indicate he would prefer to go back to his Palestine parents, who are too old to move to South America.

 Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Tahamatan is said to want to go back to his country. The Palestine refugee wishes to travel to his homeland to meet his parents, who are unable to travel and settle in South America due to their age, it was reported.

Uruguayan President Mujica denied there was a minimum stay before any of the six former inmates his country received from the United States on December 8 were eligible to resettle wherever they wanted. “They're totally free to go,“ Mujica was quoted as saying. ”We're nobody's jailer.”

Fernando Gambera, a spokesman for the PIT-CNT labour union which has agreed to house the six refugees, expressed his confidence that once that the men have started working they will gradually blend into the Uruguayan culture.

Two of them have reportedly been offered positions as builders to commence in January. All of the former prisoners are talking Spanish lessons to ease their way into their new environment.

The six men -one Palestinian (Tahamatan), one Tunisian and four Syrians- had been detained as suspected militants with ties to al-Qaeda in 2002 but were never charged. Cleared for release since 2009, they could not be sent home and the US had struggled since then to find countries willing to take them.

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  • Conqueror

    Hilarious. How easily Mujica is fooled! So he wants to go to somewhere that doesn't exist where he can plant some more bombs, launch some more rockets, murder some more Israelis. Why are people like this captured and imprisoned? What's wrong with killing them? Problem solved!

    And his parents are “unable to travel and settle in South America due to their age”. Load of cobblers. One flight for 2 people. Perhaps the truth is that they are already dead and rotting.

    The truth, of course, is that Mujica always has a soft spot for terrorists. That makes two soft spots. Including the one between his ears.

    Dec 30th, 2014 - 11:25 am 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 1 Conqueror

    You are spot on, especially about between his ears.

    I have just heard / read that on 28th Jan there will be a 'major spectacle' to honour the murdering commie bastard attended by 'international' law makers, poets, musicians, et al.

    The WORST president for people who work for a living and the best for the lazy sods that have NEVER worked for a living. You couldn't make this up.

    I hope there is a sniper there also to send him away for good.

    Dec 30th, 2014 - 04:39 pm 0
  • Britworker

    I don't think that South America really understands Jihad.

    Dec 30th, 2014 - 07:24 pm 0
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