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Guantanamo detainee dies after being found unconscious in cell

Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif [NYT profile] died [press release] over the weekend at a hospital on the US Navy base after guards found him unconscious in his cell Saturday. Latif's identification was originally being withheld [press release] until the US military could notify his family and his home country's government. The guards who found Latif unconscious in his cell at the US detention facility performed first aid and brought him to a hospital on the US Navy base to perform extensive life saving measures. These measures were unsuccessful, and doctors at the hospital pronounced Latif dead. This marks the ninth detainee to have died while in custody at Guantanamo.

Latif was on a hunger strike [JURIST news archive] earlier this year. He was originally ordered to be released in 2010, but that order was overturned [JURIST reports] by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] in October. Latif, who had been in custody for over 10 years, contended that he was in Pakistan for medical treatment when he was arrested and turned over to US forces.

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