Saturday, June 24, 2006

U.S. Releases 14 Saudis From Guantanamo, Bringing the Total of People Who Never Should have Been There to 310

WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Fourteen Saudi Arabians were released on Saturday from the detention center at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transferred to their home country, the Pentagon said.

One was released because U.S. officials determined the detainee was no longer
an enemy combatant. The other Saudis were released after an administrative
review process determined they could be transferred.

The releases bring to 310 the number of detainees who have departed Guantanamo
to other governments, including Albania, Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain,
Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Kuwait, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia,
Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden and Uganda.

About 450 detainees remain at Guantanamo, including 120 who are considered
eligible for transfer or release. Decisions in those cases depend on
discussions between the United States and other nations.

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