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16 Guantanamo Bay prisoners arrive home

Saudi Arabia yesterday received 16 of its citizens who had been detained in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The new group arrived in Saudi Arabia early yesterday morning.

  • By Mariam Al Hakeem, Correspondent
  • Published: 23:53 September 6, 2007
  • Gulf News

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia yesterday received 16 of its citizens who had been detained in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The new group arrived in Saudi Arabia early yesterday morning.

Interior Minister Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz expressed great happiness at the new group's arrival.

He said in a statement that Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, is exerting continuing efforts to repatriate all its citizens held in custody abroad.

Cooperation

He expressed satisfaction over the cooperation shown by the authorities in the US in this respect. He noted that the freed citizens will be subject to the rules applied in the kingdom.

Two brothers were among the newly-released group.

Gulf News has learned that the 16 Saudis represent the ninth group of Saudis to be freed by the US authorities. The group received medical check-ups at the airport and their relatives were informed of their arrival.

The group was then met by counselling committees.

The Saudi government established its re-education programme in 2004 and so far say it has succeeded in educating detainees and enlightening them about any false ideologies they may have adopted.

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