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Guantanamo detainees taste freedom in Uruguay

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 01:19

Two of six long-term Guantanamo detainees released to Uruguay have been seen on their Montevideo balcony, tasting their new life of freedom. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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After 12 years behind bars at Guantanamo, these two men are enjoying a taste of freedom. Syrian Omar Mahmoud Faraj and Tunisian Adel bin Muhammad el Ouerghi appeared on their Montevideo balcony Friday morning, five days after being flown to Uruguay for resettlement. Faraj, el Ouerghi and four others were freed from what Faraj has called the "black hole" of Guantanamo Bay prison, a notorious facility US President Obama he pledged to close. The widely-condemned prison houses terrorism suspects who, for the most part, have never been charged or tried. Lawyer Cori Crider says this was the case for her newly freed clients: (SOUNDBITE) (English) CORI CRIDER, LAWYER FOR FORMER INMATE JIHAD DIYAB, SAYING: "I don't think any of us really know what it can be like for these men after 12 years in prison, no charge, no trial, cleared for release for over five years, to taste freedom for these first days and to speak to their loved ones for these first days, so they are all unbelievably grateful to the hospitality of the people of Uruguay, to President Mujica, and to all of you." Uruguayan President Jose Mujica says the men are free to come and go as the please.-- a radical change from the life they have left behind.

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Guantanamo detainees taste freedom in Uruguay

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 01:19