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U.S. transfers two Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia

After a “comprehensive review” of their cases, Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Hamood Abdulla Hamood were designated for transfer

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The U.S. 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.”

Earlier this month, two Algerian detainees were repatriated, despite protest from the prisoners who feared persecution.

“The Department of Defense announced on Dec. 5 the transfer of Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Algeria,” after a review “which examined a number of factors, including security issues,” a statement said.

“The United States coordinated with the Government of Algeria to ensure these transfers took place with appropriate security and humane treatment assurances,” it added.

(With AFP)