2004 News Story

Interior Ministry denies report on release of Saudis at Guantanamo

Security Advisor and Director-General of Guidance at the Ministry of Interior Dr. Saud bin Saleh Al-Mesaibeh has denied a report published today in Al-Hayat newspaper concerning the release of four Saudis being held at Guantanamo Bay and the probability of their detention as soon as they arrive back in the Kingdom. He stressed the importance of authentication prior to circulation of such news. While affirming that there are strenuous efforts to seek the release of those who are under detention at Guantanamo and to ensure their return home, he stated that the government of Saudi Arabia is also concerned with providing accurate news to the families of the detainees, due to the sensitive human and psychological factors involved.