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Saudi Arabia frees Britons, Canadian jailed for bombings

Saudi Arabia released five Britons and a Canadian who had been jailed for bomb attacks in the kingdom, said diplomatic sources in London and their lawyer in Riyadh. The Canadian, William Sampson, was travelling on a flight to London that was due to arrive in mid-afternoon, a Canadian diplomatic source told AFP, adding that it was understood the Britons were accompanying him. An official at the Saudi Embassy in London said the men had been granted “royal clemency.” He added that a statement would be issued by the embassy later in the day. Speaking to Sky News television from Riyadh, the men’s lawyer Salah al-Hujailan said the men had left Friday morning, and could be expected to touch down in Britain in a matter of hours. “We had applied for clemency five weeks ago, and I’m pleased that that has been granted due to the good consideration by the Saudi government, the superb effort by our foreign minister and, on the side of your government, the British Ambassador to Riyadh,” he said. Full Story

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