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Freed Bay man held in Saudi

A BAHRAINI freed from Guantanamo Bay has been arrested in Saudi Arabia.

Abdulla Majid Al Nuaimi, 27, was travelling to Saudi via the King Fahad Causeway when he was arrested at the Saudi checkpoint on Wednesday.

The arrest angered MP Mohammed Khalid, who has been campaigning for the release of two other Bahrainis held in Saudi - one of them brother of a former Guantanamo detainee.

When Mr Al Nuaimi was released from Guantanamo and returned to Bahrain in 2005, his passport was given back to him, so he could travel, said Mr Khalid.

"When I heard about his arrest I was shocked, for this is a very dangerous situation," he said.

"We now have three of our citizens detained in Saudi.

"I cannot say much about the details of the arrest or why he was detained in the first place, all I have is preliminary information.

"I call upon the government to start acting on this issue now before the situation gets complicated."

Mr Al Nuaimi had been detained in Guantanamo without trial for more than four years on terror suspicions.

He returned to Bahrain on November 5, 2005 with fellow detainees Adel Kamel Hajee and Shaikh Salman Al Khalifa.

Salah Al Blooshi was freed and returned to Bahrain in October 2006, while the last Bahraini detainee Isa Al Murbati returned home in August last year.

They were all held on terror suspicions but none was charged nor tried.

Mr Khalid has been campaigning for the release of Abdulrahim Al Murbati and Khalil Janahi, both held in Saudi.

They are believed to have been included in a list of nearly 1,000 Al Qaeda suspects accused of carrying out "acts of war" against Saudi Arabia, it emerged last week.

Father-of-six Mr Al Murbati was arrested in Riyadh in June 2003, while Mr Al Janahi was rounded up in April this year.

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz said last Tuesday that the 991 men detained had carried out more than 30 attacks against government buildings, oil refineries and citizens. Seventy defendants have appeared in court for the first time to face charges of carrying out acts of "domestic rebellion". rasha@gdn.com.bh



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