Former Guantanamo inmate marries in Uruguay

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Tunisian Abdul bin Muhammad Abbas Ouerghi (R), a former Guantanamo inmate who was resettled in Uruguay, and his bride Samira smile from a window of a house in Montevideo on June 5, 2015 (AFP Photo/Dante Fernandez)
A former Guantanamo inmate who resettled late last year in Uruguay tied the knot on Friday with a woman he met in his adopted homeland, local media reported.
Tunisian Abdul bin Muhammad Abbas Ouerghi, 49, married a Uruguayan woman identified in news reports as Roma Blanco.
The bride has adopted the name Samira after converting to Islam, news reports said.
Sources close to Ouerghi said he originally planned to have a double wedding with another ex-inmate from the US-run prison camp, but the two couples ultimately opted for separate nuptials.
All told, six former Guantanamo inmates were transferred to Uruguay last year.
Montevideo took in the six in December to help US President Barack Obama fulfill his long-delayed promise to close the prison, located at a US naval base in Cuba, that was set up to hold terror suspects after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The former prisoners — four Syrians, a Palestinian and a Tunisian — arrived in Uruguay in December after more than a decade in detention. They were never charged or tried.
SOURCE: AFP

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