Thursday, May 31, 2007

U.S.: Dead Detainee Was of High Value

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A Saudi Arabian detainee who apparently committed suicide at Guantanamo Bay had been held at the prison camp reserved for the least compliant and most "high-value" inmates, a U.S. military spokesman said Thursday.

The Saudi government identified the man who died Wednesday as Abdul Rahman Maadha al-Amry. A spokesman for the kingdom's Interior Ministry, Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, said it was too early to judge how al-Amry died.

The U.S. military has not confirmed the detainee's identity or explained how it arrived at the conclusion that he probably committed suicide.

"The actual cause of death is under investigation," Southern Command spokesman Jose Ruiz said by telephone from Miami on Thursday.....

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