Former Guantanamo detainee in Argentina, calls for asylum

A former Guantanamo detainee who was resettled in Uruguay has appeared in neighboring Argentina wearing a prison-style orange jumpsuit and asked the country to grant asylum for detainees still at the US detention facility. Abu Wa’el Dhiab told Barricada TV that he believed “the Argentine government could receive the prisoners at Guantanamo here in a humanitarian way.” The 19-minute interview was published by several local websites on Thursday. Speaking in Arabic with a Spanish translator, Dhiab said he would formally request asylum for other detainees, but did not elaborate. Calls to the Foreign Ministry and the office of President Cristina Fernandez seeking comment were not returned.



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