Guantánamo

Ex-Guantánamo detainee in Uruguay released on domestic violence

Former detainee Omar Abdelahdi Faraj, from Syria, sits in a tent outside the U.S. embassy as a form of protest in Montevideo, Uruguay, early April 28, 2015.
Former detainee Omar Abdelahdi Faraj, from Syria, sits in a tent outside the U.S. embassy as a form of protest in Montevideo, Uruguay, early April 28, 2015. ASSOCIATED PRESS

The attorney for one of six former Guantánamo Bay prisoners who sought refuge in Uruguay says his client was released after a judge found insufficient evidence against him in a domestic violence case.

Attorney Mauricio Pigola said Sunday his client, Omar Abdelhadi Faraj, was freed after appearing in court. The case remains open.

He is a Syrian who arrived in Uruguay in December 2014 with five other ex-prisoners once held with terror suspects at the U.S. military base in Guantánamo, Cuba. Then-President Jose Mujica agreed to accept them.

Faraj was detained on Friday after his Uruguayan partner accused him of domestic violence. The couple was married in an Islamic ceremony. The wife has said they did not wed in a civil marriage, the only one valid in Uruguay.

The U.S. military held him as Detainee 329.

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