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Mujica says Guantanamo inmates in Uruguay can leave whenever they wish

Monday, December 8th 2014 - 06:55 UTC
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Mujica also asked for the liberation of Cuban spies jailed in the US and the lifting of the US embargo on Cuba Mujica also asked for the liberation of Cuban spies jailed in the US and the lifting of the US embargo on Cuba

The detainees from Guantanamo Base in Cuba that arrived in Uruguay on Sunday as part of an agreement with the US, “can leave the country whenever they wish”, since they come as 'refugees', announced President Jose Mujica.

 In an interview with the Ecuadorean government television channel, Mujica revealed that Uruguay did not accept the US demand that the six detainees freed from Guantanamo must remain in the country for at least two years.

“For me, the institute of refugee is one of the most noble institutions that makes humanity viable. Because there will always be people that want, need to run away” said the Uruguayan leader.

He added that Guantanamo “is not a jail, it's a kidnapping nest, because a jail means some rule of the law system; the presence of prosecutors; some magistrate's decision, whatever it is, and a minimum reference to some legal point of view. Of that there is nothing”.

Mujica said that if this situation had been in some other country, human rights organizations and the UN would be very much mobilized, but “the big are the big” in clear reference to the US. However he pledged to continue criticizing the US interventionism and 'abuses', but at the same time admitted he would feel a 'coward' if he didn't do something for the imprisoned in Guantanamo, particularly when ”there is a president (Obama) who wants to finish with this great miserable mess he received; to turn a back on him would be cowardice when one thinks this way“.

Last Friday the Uruguayan Executive site released the text of an open letter to the Uruguayan people and to President Obama in which he confirms the commitment to receive the six Guantanamo inmates but at the same time requests the liberation of four Cubans sentenced for spying in the US and of a Puerto Rican who has been jailed for over thirty years under the charge of 'sedition'.

Mujica also calls on Obama to lift the US embargo on Cuba which has been ongoing for over half a century. Last March when the first rumors of a possible negotiation to send Guantanamo inmates to Uruguay, Mujica said he would also 'pass the bill', meaning he was after something in exchange.

In the two pages letter to Obama, Mujica recalls Uruguay's long tradition and commitment to asylum and points out that ”making the most of that meritorious will, we have offered our hospitality to human beings that were suffering an 'atrocious kidnapping in Guantanamo: the reason is inevitable, it's humanitarian”.

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  • ChrisR

    Ah yes, you can take the murdering commie bastard into grown up society but never get him to act as if he wasn’t a murdering commie bastard.

    I am pleased this arsehole is no longer the president, pity he still breaths, but you can’t have everything. I wonder if one of the refugees would murder him in repayment?

    As far as Cuba is concerned: as long as the Castros are in power then fuck them.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 10:29 am 0
  • Bubba

    @#1, well said. Since they can leave anytime they like, I guess they will leave by ship because I don't think there is an airline that would let them on board..or maybe this will be their Hotel California... you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave..

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 12:52 pm 0
  • Conqueror

    And thus Mujica is confirmed as a lying, untrustworthy toerag. Hopefully, we can look forward to the US intercepting everything outbound from Uruguay to recapture these terrorists/criminals. Followed by a total embargo of Uruguay.

    Does ChrisR represent a majority in Uruguay? If so, can we expect Mujica to be assassinated in the near future? Are chrysanthemums funeral flowers? Or should the corpse just be tipped down the nearest sewer?

    I like the idea of sneaking out by ship. No real problem in stopping every ship and searching them. Probably better than trying to divert every outbound aircraft or shooting it down.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 02:53 pm 0
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