Two Guantanamo detainees transferred to Saudi Arabia


Voice of Russia
December 16, 2013

The US Defense Department announced Monday the transfer of two Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number of inmates remaining at the US prison in Cuba to 160.

After a “comprehensive review” of their cases, Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Hamood Abdulla Hamood were “designated for transfer by consensus of the six departments and agencies comprising the task force.”

“The US has made real progress in responsibly transferring Guantanamo detainees despite the burdensome legislative restrictions that have impeded our efforts,” said a statement from Paul Lewis, the Defense Department’s special envoy for Guantanamo’s closure.

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