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Detainee Dies of Natural Causes at JTF-Guantanamo

Point of Contact:

U.S Southern Command
Public Affairs Office
Mr. Jose Ruiz,
Tel. 305-437-1205/1213

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MIAMI -- Joint Task Force-Guantanamo announced today that a detainee died of natural causes late Tuesday evening.

The detainee collapsed in the shower after exercising. After extensive lifesaving measures had been exhausted, the detainee was pronounced dead by the physician.

The remains of the deceased detainee are being treated with the utmost respect. A cultural advisor is assisting the Joint Task Force to ensure that the remains are handled in a culturally sensitive and religiously appropriate manner. The remains will be autopsied by a pathologist from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Upon completion of the autopsy, the remains will be prepared for repatriation.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has initiated an investigation of the incident to determine the cause and manner surround the death.

The name of the detainee will be released once the next of kin notification has been completed.

Joint Task Force-Guantanamo continues to provide safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees.

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