USA : Jumah al-Dossari Health concern/ill-treatment

AMR 51/122/2007

Further Information on UA 84/06 (AMR 51/067/2006, 11 April 2006) and follow-up (AMR 51/122/2006, 24 July 2006 ; AMR 51/016/2007, 19 January 2007) –

Health concern/ill-treatment

USA : Jumah al-Dossari (m), Bahraini national, resident in Saudi Arabia

18 July 2007

Jumah al-Dossari was one of 16 former detainees transferred from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia on 16 July.

According to local press reports, on arrival all 16 were taken into custody for investigation.

His brother-in-law, who spoke to Jumah al-Dossari by phone after his return, told journalists that "His mother, brother and sister have seen him in Riyadh and they say he is well and he was very pleased to see them...For five years he was there, but now he has come back and that is great...We are very happy...He called me and I talked with him - his health seems better than before because he is back."

Up to 77 Saudi Arabian nationals have been released from Guantanamo and returned to Saudi Arabia. All were detained on arrival. Most have reportedly been released, but Amnesty International does not know how many are still detained and on what grounds. Approximately 53 Saudi Arabian nationals are still held in Guantanamo.

According to the US Department of Defense, approximately 360 men remain detained in Guantanamo.

No further action is requested from the UA network. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.

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