Judge orders exam for Guantanamo hunger striker

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Associated Press

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 12 at 6:01 PM

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has ordered an independent medical evaluation for a prisoner on hunger strike at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler directed the government to allow Syrian prisoner Abu Wa'el Dhiab to be examined by three experts chosen by his lawyers.

Kessler's order Tuesday said the examinations should take place as soon as possible.

Dhiab has been approved for resettlement in Uruguay and could be out of Guantanamo before the Sept. 15 deadline for the expert reports ordered by the judge in Washington.

His lawyers have said the striking prisoner's health has deteriorated. The government opposed the outside examination and denies and defends the medical care he receives at the U.S. base.

The U.S. holds 143 prisoners at Guantanamo.

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