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US, Saudi Arabia to negotiate over Saudi prisoners at Guantanamo

[JURIST] The United States and Saudi Arabia will hold negotiations to determine the fate of the 124 Saudi prisoners held as detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to Ahmed Mazhar, the chief Saudi lawyer for defending Guantanamo prisoners. Writing Monday in the daily at-Watan [in Arabic], Mazhar said that he has been told to suspend efforts in defending the detainees, and commented that official negotiations "are bound to lead to the settlement of that issue in a quicker way than judicial procedures which might take a long time." Pakistan has reportedly secured the release of many Pakistani prisoners in Guantanamo through similar negotiations. JURIST's Paper Chase has more on the Guantanamo detentions. Read Department of Defense press statements on the detainees here. UPI has more.

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