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US considering sending Yemeni Guantamo detainees to Saudi Arabia

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates [official profile] said Wednesday that the US is considering sending Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees to Saudi Arabia for rehabilitation as part of the efforts to close the prison facility. Gates told reporters [Reuters report] in Saudi Arabia that while no official decisions have been made, he has been impressed with the country’s rehabilitation program. Gates spoke after meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. Many of the 241 inmates still at Guantanamo are Yemeni nationals who were captured after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The US is reluctant to return the detainees to Yemen for fear that they would rejoin terrorist groups. (Full Story)

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