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DOD transfers 10 Saudi detainees from Guantanamo Bay
DOD transfers 10 Saudi detainees from Guantanamo Bay

[JURIST] The Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry [official website] confirmed Saturday that 10 Saudi detainees released [press release] from Guantanamo Bay have returned home. With the latest release, roughly 275 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST report], approximately 60 of whom have been cleared for release. Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz said Saturday that his government is working with the US to bring home other Saudis in US custody.

The release follows a similar transfer of 14 Saudis [JURIST report] in November, and now brings the total number of Saudi detainees at Guantanamo down to about 13. In August, US President George W. Bush expressed hope that the Guantanamo detention facility would eventually be shut down [JURIST report], but said that other countries have shown reluctance to accept detainees. Reuters has more.