Transferred Saudi detainees arrive home from Guantanamo

Transferred Saudi detainees arrive home from Guantanamo

[JURIST] Fifteen Saudi detainees who were being held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday. The US transferred the detainees to Saudi custody [DOD press release] after the transfers were approved by a Guantanamo Administrative Review Board [DOD backgrounder]. Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal on Wednesday said that 16 Saudi detainees would be returned [JURIST report; press release] to the country, where they would be jailed and put on trial if evidence warranted.

According to the US Department of Defense [official website], 460 detainees remain at Guantanamo, approximately 120 of which have been declared eligible for transfer or release. The DOD earlier this week released the names of 759 current and former Guantanamo prisoners [PDF; JURIST report], over 100 of whom are from Saudi Arabia. Reuters has more.