May 29, 2006

Saudi frees three former Guantanamo detainees

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has freed three former
Guantanamo Bay detainees after they completed their jail
sentences, the state news agency SPA said on Monday.

"Three citizens who had been detained in Guantanamo Bay ...
were freed," it quoted an Interior Ministry statement as
saying. It added that the three had been handed over by the
United States last year and had now completed their jail

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia said it had received 15
Saudi detainees from Guantanamo Bay naval base and that they
would be put on trial in the kingdom if a review of their cases
shows a trial was justified.

The United States has been holding more than 500 detainees
since the Taliban and al Qaeda were ousted from Afghanistan in
late 2001, including more than 100 Saudis.

At least five other detainees from Guantanamo were freed by
Saudi Arabia last year after they completed their jail

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who carried out the September
11, 2001 attacks on U.S. cities were from Saudi Arabia, as is
al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Nearly all the prisoners at Guantanamo, in Cuba, are being
held without charge and some have been held for more than three