17 July 2014 – US is said to plan to send 6 detainees to Uruguay

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The U.S. government intends to transfer six prisoners from the controversial Guantánamo prison to Uruguay. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel informed the U.S. Congress of the planned transfer of the prisoners, a government representative announced yesterday.

A week earlier, Uruguayan President José Mujica had said that his country would take in six men with no conditions and allow them to work and travel freely. The prisoners are among the 72 inmates in the prison camp on Cuban soil whose release had already been authorised. According to the New York Times, which was first to report on the case, the men involved are four Syrians, one Palestinian and one Tunisian.