Uruguay Says Yes to U.S. Request to Take 5 Guantanamo Inmates

Jose Mujica
Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has stated the country will take five prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba. He said he had agreed to a request from President Barack Obama to take some of the detainees remaining at the controversial U.S. military camp. The five inmates would be welcome to “work and stay with their families in Uruguay,” he added.

President Obama has pledged to release all remaining inmates and close the camp. 154 detainees remain in the camp, the majority of them from Yemen. “The US president wants to solve this problem so he’s asking several countries to host them and I told him I will,” the Uruguayan president told local media. “They are welcome to come here.”

A former guerrilla member, Mujica spent nearly 15 years in prison during the military government of the 1970s and ’80s in the South American country. He said he had accepted the U.S. request “for human rights reasons.”

This report compiled with information from the BBC and the Associated Press. Image courtesy of AFP.