Ex-Gitmo detainee plans Uruguay hunger strike
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — A resettled former Guantanamo detainee who alarmed some officials when he recently went missing for several weeks is planning a hunger strike to demand he be allowed to leave Uruguay, his liaison with the government said Thursday.
Syrian native Abu Wa’el Dhiab has repeatedly said he is unhappy living in the South American country. Liaison Christian Mirza said Dhiab told him he has planned the strike in hopes of going elsewhere.
Dhiab went missing from Uruguay for weeks earlier this year, triggering recriminations from U.S. lawmakers before he resurfaced in Venezuela.
The Uruguayan Foreign Ministry said that while he was in Caracas, Dhiab tried to get help to reunite with his family in Turkey or another country before he was deported back to Uruguay earlier this week.