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MANAMA: Bahraini Guanta-namo Bay detainee Juma Al Dossary has been released and is back in the Gulf, his lawyers confirmed yesterday.

The 32-year-old, who has dual Bahraini-Saudi nationality, was part of a group of 16 Saudis freed and transferred to Riyadh yesterday morning.

It is understood the former detainees will remain in captivity while the Saudi authorities investigate whether they have any links to any militant organisations.

Mr Al Dossary was held at the notorious prison camp in Cuba for more than five years without being charged or put on trial.

He was being kept in the prison camp's mental health unit and reportedly suffered from a variety of health problems.

According to the US military, he tried to kill himself 13 times in captivity and both his legal team and human rights activists have repeatedly expressed concern about his mental state.

His release means the only remaining Bahraini still being held at Guantanamo Bay is Isa Al Murbati, who is being kept in Camp Six - said to be one of the "cruellest" facilities in the prison.

Three other Bahrainis, Adel Kamel Hajee, Abdulla Al Nuaimi and Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, were released from Guantanamo in November 2005, while Salah Al Blooshi was freed and returned to Bahrain in October last year.

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