Friday, September 7, 2007

16 Gitmo Detainees Sent to Saudi Arabia

from AP

The group marked the latest of several large transfers to the kingdom since May 2006 that have reduced the population of Saudi detainees, once among the largest contingents at Guantanamo, to fewer than 40, according to figures maintained by The Associated Press ... The detention of Saudis at the U.S. Naval Base in southeast Cuba has been a source of tension with Riyadh, a close U.S. ally. Three Saudis have committed suicide inside the prison camp since it opened in 2002, according to the U.S. military ... Of the 759 people who have been held at Guantanamo, 136 have been Saudis, the second-largest group behind Afghan nationals, according to Defense Department documents released to the AP. About 340 detainees remain in Guantanamo on suspicion of links to terrorism, al-Qaida or the Taliban. Most have been held for years without being charged.

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