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Saudi Arabia frees former Guantanamo detainees cleared of crimes

[JURIST] Saudi Arabia has released nine of 29 former Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detainees in its custody on Tuesday after investigations revealed that they had not committed any crimes. Charges are still being reviewed for the remainder. Earlier this year, the US transferred fifteen Saudi detainees [JURIST report] who were then followed by an additional fourteen [JURIST report], after being cleared by an Administrative Review Board [US DOD briefing]. Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Turki Al-Faisal [official profile] wants all 95 Saudi detainees still at Guantanamo returned within a year [JURIST report].

Among the remaining Saudi detainees are two men who were awaiting trials by military commissions [JURIST news archive] before the US Supreme Court ruled in June that military commissions as initially constituted lacked proper legal authorization [JURIST report]. Two Saudis were also among the three detainees who committed suicide [JURIST report] at the prison in June. More than 300 detainees have been transferred from Guantanamo to other countries since the US government starting holding supposed terrorists at the US naval base [official website] there in January 2002. Aljazeera has more.

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