Guantanamo refugee released in Uruguay following domestic violence charges
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Guantanamo refugee released in Uruguay following domestic violence charges

The attorney for one of six former Guantanamo 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.

Faraj 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 Guantanamo, Cuba. He was detained on Friday following his Uruguayan partner accusing 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.

This is the second case of domestic violence reported amongst the Guantanamo refugees, received by then president José Mujica, Infobae reports.

As U.S.-Cuba relations slowly improve, President Barack Obama continues with plans to close the Cuba-based prison facility.

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