Friday, August 31, 2007

Blogger rejects call to compensate ex-detainees

by Habib Toumi from The Gulf News

Last week, Islamist MP Mohammad Khalid, representing Al Menbar (the offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood), said that he would lobby the parliament to put pressure on the government to offer 50,000 Bahraini dinars ($133,000 US) the former Guantanamo detainees financial compensation. He said that the Bahraini government should emulate the Saudi example. Saudi Arabia has pledged 10,000 Saudi riyals, a 300 riyal salary, a car and marriage assistance to its former detainees. But bloggers on Mahmoud Al Yousuf's blog said that Khalid who headed the popular committee to help free the prisoners should temper his enthusiasm. For the blogger, an adoption by the parliament of Khalid's suggestion "is as if they accept and even condone terrorism. It is tantamount to announcing to the world that terrorism pays."

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