A federal judge in Washington ordered the U.S. military on Friday to at least temporarily stop force-feeding a hunger striking prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay naval base.
The order from U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler bars the force feeding of prisoner Abu Wa’el Dhiab at least until a hearing on Wednesday. It also directs the military from forcibly removing the prisoner from his cell at the U.S. base in Cuba.
The temporary restraining order is in place at least until the judge can hold a hearing to determine when the U.S. government will turn over the Syrian prisoner’s medical records and any videotapes of the force-feeding procedure he has undergone while on hunger strike.
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