Jailed Britons Reject Saudi "£1M Hush Money Offer"

(Observer/Guardian-UK) - British prisoners who were repeatedly tortured in Saudi Arabia launched legal action Saturday against the Middle East kingdom, defying last-minute attempts to buy their silence. Prominent Saudi dissidents said Saudi authorities have assembled a huge "bribe" - possibly as much as £1m each - to silence the men and prevent a multi-million-pound lawsuit. Fears are growing for the wife of one of the former prisoners, who remains stranded in Riyadh. Saudi intelligence services have yet to hand back the passport of Sharon Ballard, a nurse.

2003-08-18 00:00:00

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