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8141Saudi Prince Gives to Guantanamo Returnees

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    Oct 31, 2007
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      Saudi Guantanamo Returnees Get Eid Gift

      RIYADH (AFP) — Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz has
      given 2,700 dollars each to 55 Saudis who were formerly held at the US
      detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, a newspaper reported Saturday.

      The ex-Guantanamo inmates who are still being held in Saudi Arabia
      received 10,000 riyals (nearly 2,700 dollars) each on the minister's
      orders after being released from jail on Tuesday to spend the upcoming
      Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr with their families, Okaz said.

      They will return to jail after the Eid pending the completion of
      judicial procedures against them.

      The 55 are among 93 Saudi ex-Guantanamo detainees repatriated by US
      authorities. The rest have since been released from Saudi prisons.

      Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the current Muslim fasting month
      of Ramadan, will start on October 12 or 13 depending on the sighting
      of a new moon.

      Okaz said that Assistant Interior Minister Prince Mohammad bin Nayef,
      the minister's son, has also offered to cover the wedding expenses of
      any former Saudi inmate of Guantanamo wishing to marry, including
      furniture for a new home.

      Oil-rich Saudi Arabia, which has been battling suspected Al-Qaeda
      militants since 2003, often helps former suspects financially in a bid
      to reintegrate them in society and encourage them to shun violence.

      Thirty-seven Saudis remain incarcerated at the notorious prison camp
      in Cuba, which the United States set up after the September 11, 2001
      attacks to hold prisoners rounded up in Afghanistan and elsewhere as
      part of its global anti-terror campaign.

      Some 330 detainees of an original 800 are still being held without
      charge in Guantanamo.



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