Kingdom Frees 18 Former Gitmo Detainees
Samir Al-Saadi, Arab News
JEDDAH, 27 December 2006 â€” The Interior Ministry announced yesterday that 18 former Guantanamo detainees that returned from the US prison camp in Cuba earlier this year have been released from custody. The announcement comes a week after 11 other former detainees were released.
Twenty-eight of these former prisoners of the so-called US â€œWar on Terrorâ€ are Saudi nationals while one is a Saudi-born resident whose parents also live in the Kingdom.
The Interior Ministry said that the 11 men released last week had completed prison sentences for various charges related to their detention in Guantanamo, while the charges against the 18 released yesterday were dismissed. To date, 51 Saudis have been released from Guantanamo while 74 still remain at the prison.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the cooperation of the freed Saudis is vital to ensure the return of the other men still languishing in Guantanamo.
Arab News carries this report on the release of Saudis, returned from Guantanamo this past spring and summer, back into the general population. It notes that they will continue to be watched and that their behavior will be used by the US in determining the release status of others still in the US detention facility.