US identifies dead Guantanamo detainees

June 12, 2006 04:04

The US Defense Department on Sunday released the identities of three Guantanamo detainees who committed suicide - alleging one had ties to al-Qaida, another fought for the Taliban and a third was cleared for transfer to the custody of another country. Saudi Arabians Mani Shaman Turki al-Habardi Al-Utaybi and Yassar Talal Al-Zahrani - identified earlier by Saudi officials - and Yemeni Ali Abdullah Ahmed, were the prisoners who hung themselves by nooses made from sheets and clothing early Saturday, the department said in a statement released to The Associated Press. About 460 people, some of them in custody for 4 years, are being held at the Guantanamo camp on suspicion of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban. Only 10 detainees have be charged and many claim they were not involved in al-Qaida or were low-level Taliban members who never intended to harm the United States.

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