Saudi Gitmo detainee arrives home

RIYADH, A Saudi state security spokesman said Thursday that a citizen, detained in Guantanamo Bay, was received by local authorities as part of efforts to repatriate nationals detained abroad.

Detainee Ahmed Al-Darbi arrived in the Kingdom at 11:55 p.m. local-time Wednesday after being released with all facilities made to meet with his relatives.

Al-Darbi will be subjected to supervision according to the regulations followed in the Kingdom, and will complete the remaining period of his detention at Mohammed bin Nayef Center for Counseling and Care, the spokesman added.

Military court at Guantanamo Bay sentenced Al-Darbi to 13 years in prison in October 2017 after being convicted of involvement in the 2002 bombing of the French oil tanker Limburg.

The Pentagon announced Wednesday the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainee, Ahmed Al-Darbi, from the detention facility to the government of Saudi Arabia.

The last announcement of a Gitmo detainee transfer was in January 2017, where this is the first transfer under the administration of President Donald Trump, with 40 detainees remaining at the detention facility.

Source: Kuwait News Agency