Freed Gitmo Inmate Refuses to Leave Prison

Guantanamo Bay / AP

A detainee at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp who was recently cleared for release is refusing to leave the prison, according to his lawyer.

Mohammad Bwazir, a Yemeni national sent to the prison in 2002, was cleared for release by the Obama administration along with two other inmates.

While the other two boarded a military plane bound for Montenegro, Bosnia, and Herzegovina—which have agreed to accept the cleared prisoners—Bwazir refused to leave the prison.

John Chandler, the inmates lawyer, told the Miami Herald that his client "was terrified about going to a country other than one where he had family."

Bwazir is not permitted to return to Yemen and has expressed interest in being released to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, or Indonesia, where his family members live.

"He just didn’t want to go. He just feels like he’ll be OK if he has a family to support him," said Chandler was quoted as saying.