14 Guantanamo Bay prisoners sent home to Saudi Arabia

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June 25, 2006|By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- Fourteen more captives were sent home to Saudi Arabia from this detention center, the Department of Defense announced yesterday.

"The department expects that there will continue to be other transfers or releases of detainees," the Pentagon said, estimating the prison camps' population as of yesterday at "about 450 detainees."

The transfer was also the first since three Arab captives were found hanging in their cells two weeks ago in what the military described as the first detainee deaths at this four-year-old detention and interrogation center.

Yesterday, the Pentagon described one of the 14 Saudis sent home as a man who had been reclassified as "no longer enemy combatant."

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