Sept. 10, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MIAMI -- Joint Task Force Guantanamo announced today that a detainee died on the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. The detainee's name is being withheld pending notification of the detainee's government and family.
While conducting routine checks, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo guards found the detainee unconscious and unresponsive. The guards immediately performed first aid and summoned medical personnel to the scene. The corpsmen provided emergency medical treatment and quickly transported the detainee to Naval Hospital Guantanamo. After extensive lifesaving measures had been performed, the detainee was pronounced dead by a physician.
The remains of the deceased detainee are being treated with respect for Islamic culture and traditions.
The remains will be autopsied by a medical examination team from the office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner. Upon completion of the autopsy, the remains will be prepared for repatriation.
As is standard procedure, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has initiated an investigation of the incident to determine the cause and manner surrounding the death.
Point of Contact:
U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs Office