SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The campaign for the release of Guantanamo detainees has spread to the Balkans, where Nadja Dizdarevic is on hunger strike to free her husband.
Since 2002, detainees at the U.S. detention center Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay have staged a number of hunger strikes to protest their conditions, all to no avail.
Algerian-born Boudelle El-Hadj was seized in Bosnia-Herzegovina along with Algerians Bansayah Belkacem, Lahmar Saber, Mustafa Ait Idir, Lakhdar Boumediene and Mohamed Nechle by U.S. officials on Jan. 18, 2002.
Before his arrest El-Hadj worked as an IT consultant at the Human Appeal International Islamic charity in Sarajevo. He married Dizdarevic in November 1993. El-Hadj and his wife have four children under 10.
At the time of the arrests in October 2001, local police claimed that the suspects planned assassinations in Bosnia-Herzegovina one month after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
In justifying their actions in taking custody of the men four months later, U.S. authorities claimed the men posed a credible security threat to U.S. personnel and facilities in Sarajevo and demonstrated involvement in international terrorism.
Makfax news agency reported that Dizdarevic is in the fourth day of her hunger strike.