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‘Kuwaiti Gitmos go on hunger strike, lose 10 kilos of weight’ Being ill-treated: Col Waingard

KUWAIT CITY, March 2: Colonel Barry Waingard, who was assigned by the Pentagon to defend the Kuwaiti detainee at Guantanamo prison Fayez Al-Kandari, revealed that the Kuwaiti detainees Fayez Al-Kandari and Fawzi Al-Awda went on a hunger strike with other prisoners and lost nearly 10kgs of weight, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.

Waingard, who is currently visiting Al-Kandari at Guantanamo prison, said in a statement to the daily that the detainees went on a hunger strike because they are being ill-treated inside the prison, indicating at the same time that the detainees have now realized death is the only way out of the prison.

Waingard requested a Kuwaiti delegation to visit Guantanamo prison immediately to know what is happening there, stressing the Kuwaiti authorities should take practical measures for the release of Kuwaiti detainees.

He stressed, “It is hard to believe America does not trust Kuwait particularly since there are thousands of American soldiers in Kuwait and after the announcement of a deal to sell to Kuwait American weapons worth billions of dollars”.

Regarding the strike, Lawyer Adel Abdulhadi who is defending Fayez Al-Kandari said, “I blame the Kuwaiti government who are preoccupied with celebrations of National and Liberation Days and forgetting about Fayez Al-Kandari and Fawzi Al-Awda except in some diplomatic statements occasionally.
He added, “After 11 years of failure by the governments of Kuwait and United States in finding a solution to this issue, I tell these governments that the current situation is not only against the law, but is also inhumane and unreasonable. It does not commensurate with the reputation of the two countries from the aspects of the law and human rights. If there were evidences against our detainees in Guantanamo prison, send them on trial or take measures to release them immediately”.

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