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Mon Dec 8, 2014, 03:41 PM

Uruguay Says Guantanamo Inmates In Uruguay Can Leave Whenever They Wish

Uruguay Says Guantanamo Inmates In Uruguay Can Leave Whenever They Wish

MONTEVIDEO, Dec 8 ( BERNAMA-NNN-MERCOPRESS) -- 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".


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Mon Dec 8, 2014, 04:16 PM

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