Uruguay: Hunger-striking ex-Gitmo detainee not at death risk

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An Uruguayan judge has rejected a call to forcibly hospitalize a former Guantanamo prisoner who is on a hunger strike after medical officials determined that he's not at imminent risk of death.

Judge Carlos Garcia said Friday the medical evaluation of Abu Wa'el Dhiab found him to be thin but lucid, and that exams were normal. He denied a request by local health authorities to hospitalize the Syrian.

Dhiab is on a hunger strike to press his demands to leave Uruguay, which took him in along with five other former Guantanamo prisoners in 2014.