Nine Yemeni prisoners released to Saudi Arabia from Guantanamo Bay
April 17, Guantanamo: The US has transferred nine Yemeni prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba to Saudi Arabia, reports said.
According to Guantanamo officials the Saudis agreed to take the prisoners because Yemen was considered too unstable for them to return them to.
The transfer leaves 80 prisoners at the US military jail - most of whom have been held without charge or trial for more than a decade.
The transfer of the nine has been a long sought-after deal between Washington and Riyadh and comes just days before President Obama touches down in Saudi Arabia for a summit of Gulf Arab allies, BBC news reported.
The move is part of a push by the presidential administration to release detainees deemed low-risk. The White House wants to transfer the remainder to the US but Congress is opposed
The Oslo Times