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US ordered not to force feed Guantanamo prisoner

(FILES)The US flag is viewed at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in this August 7, 2013 file photo. AFP PHOTO/CHANTAL VALERY

MIAMI: A federal judge in Washington has ordered the U.S. military to at least temporarily stop force-feeding a hunger striking prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay navy base.

U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler says the military must not force feed prisoner Abi Wa'el Dhiab at least until a hearing on Wednesday. The order issued Friday also directs the military not to forcibly remove the prisoner from his cell at the U.S. base in Cuba.

The temporary restraining order is in place at least until the judge can hold a hearing to determine when the U.S. government will turn over the Syrian prisoner's medical records and any videotapes of the force-feeding procedure he has undergone while on hunger strike.

The Defense Department says it will comply with the order.

 

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