2006 News Story

Fourteen Guantanamo detainees returned to the Kingdom

Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz announced today that 14 detainees at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay were returned to the Kingdom today. The detainees include 13 Saudi citizens and one Turkistani whose parents reside in the Kingdom.

Prince Nayef said that the detainees would be dealt with according to the Kingdom’s justice system. He also expressed his appreciation to US authorities for their cooperation, and said that efforts remain ongoing to repatriate the remaining Saudi detainees at Guantanamo in the near future.

In a separate statement, the Ministry released the names of the 14 detainees: Mousa Abdulwahab Abdulqader Al-Housawi; Yousef Khamees Abdullah Al-Sulaimani; Mohammad Soror Dakheelullah Al-Otaibi; Abdulsalam Ghaithan Mureef Al-Shehri; Othman Ahmad Othman Al-Ghamdi; Saleh Ali Zaheed Al-Khatha’ami; Abdulaziz Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Al-Bidah; Siddeq Ahmad Siddeq Nour Turkistani; Rashed Abdulmusleh Qaid Al-Qaid; Tareq Shallah Hassan Al-Harbi; Abdullah Mohammad Saleh Al-Ghanmi; Ibraheem Mohammad Ibraheem Al-Nasser; Sa’ad Ibraheem Sa’ad Al-Badnah; and Wasm Awwad Omar Al-Wasm.