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MANAMA: Three Bahrainis released from the notorious US camp at Guantanamo Bay were flying into Bahrain aboard a military plane early today. They are Adel Kamel Hajee, Abdulla Al Nuami and Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, who were among six Bahrainis held at the camp without charge or trial for four years.

Those left behind are Essa Al Murbati, Salah Abdul Rasool Al Blooshi and Juma Al Dossary, whose families were shattered by the news that they were not coming home.

Relatives of those released were summoned to the Foreign Ministry last night to be told that they were on their way home.

There they met Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, other ministry officials, Shura Council members and MPs involved in campaigning for the detainees' release.

It is understood that the freed men were arriving aboard a military flight, due to land at Bahrain International Airport early today.

Sources said they were being taken straight to the BDF Hospital for medical checks and would be reunited with their families later in the day. But it is understood that the men will not be going home with their families straight away. Relatives refused to comment, saying they had been told by authorities not to speak to the Press.

The detainees' release and pending arrival was officially announced late last night in a statement by Information Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Mohammed Abdul Ghaffar.

He said His Majesty King Hamad intervened personally to help secure the detainees' release, by bringing up their cases with the US administration during his visits to the US.

Bahrain will continue to work for the release of the remaining three Bahrainis, still held at the US camp, said Dr Abdul Ghaffar.

He said the freed detainees would undergo a rehabilitation and social integration programme. Their case will be reviewed by the General Prosecution and appropriate action taken, said Dr Abdul Ghaffar.



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