Some at Guantanamo jail too sick to keep locked up
MIAMI (AP) - Tarek El-Sawah is in terrible shape after 11 years as a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, a fact even the United States military does not dispute.
During his time in captivity, the weight of the 55-year-old Egyptian has nearly doubled, reaching more than 190kg at one point, and his health has deteriorated as a result, both his lawyers and government officials concede.
Lawyers for El-Sawah, and the doctors they have brought down to the US base in Cuba to examine him, paint a dire picture - a morbidly obese man with diabetes and a range of other serious ailments. He is short of breath, barely able to walk 3m, unable to stay awake in meetings and faces the possibility of not making it out of prison alive.
"We are very afraid that he is at a high risk of death, that he could die at any moment," said Marine Sean Gleason, a military lawyer appointed to represent him.