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    Guantanamo Saudi inmates released From correspondents in Riyadh Reuters February 21, 2007 07:54pm http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21264450-1702,00.html
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      Guantanamo Saudi inmates released
      From correspondents in Riyadh
      Reuters
      February 21, 2007 07:54pm
      http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21264450-1702,00.html


      SAUDI Arabia said today that seven Saudis held at the US naval base at
      Guantanamo Bay had arrived home after the United States freed them.

      The official Saudi news agency SPA said Interior Minister Prince Nayef
      bin Abdul-Aziz "expressed his appreciation at the level of
      co-operation with the US authorities, hoping that this step will pave
      the way to free all remaining Saudis soon".

      Saudi public anger over the treatment of Saudi detainees in Guantanamo
      has been high in the Gulf Arab state, a key US ally.

      Two Saudis were among three prisoners who hanged themselves in June at
      the prison.

      US Department of Defence announced on December 14 that it had
      transfered 16 detainees from the controversial prison in Cuba to Saudi
      Arabia.

      Around 50 of the nearly 400 detainees still held at the facility are
      thought to be Saudi.

      Saudi Arabia has freed many of the 45 prisoners who were repatriated
      last year for having ended their jail terms.

      Many of the men held at Guantanamo were captured in Afghanistan in the
      U.S.-led war to oust the Taliban after the September 11 attacks.

      Many have been held for years and nearly all are being held without
      charge.

      Most of the 19 suicide hijackers who carried out the attacks on US
      cities in 2001 were Saudis.

      Washington has designated Guantanamo prisoners "enemy combatants",
      denying them the prisoner of war status that would guarantee then
      certain rights under international law.

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