The 28-year-old detainee wants a judge to order the removal of his tube "out of desperation," according to his American attorney. Parental approval is needed for making the motion. Twenty-six detainees at the U.S. base in Cuba are participating in a hunger strike that started in August. Most are being force-fed through a nasal tube.
Like the families of all 11 Kuwaiti prisoners still held there, the al-Odah's insist their son was doing charity work. One Kuwaiti prisoner was released in January after being tried and acquitted of terrorism-related charges.
Al-Odah's father, who heads a private group that lobbies for the release or trial of Kuwait's prisoners at the facility, said he believed "mistreatment" and a feeling of being deprived of his right to defend himself have pushed his son to request to remove the tube. Wilner, the attorney, said the motion to remove the tube has not been filed because lawyers want the prisoner to seek the family's approval and consult with doctors and psychological specialists not affiliated with the U.S. government.
Al-Odah's parents says they are finding it difficult to deal with their son's absence during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, when relatives and friends gather for fast-breaking meals known as iftar, chat and watch television. A.M.