Saudi Official Claims Saudis Captured in Afghanistan Were Duped

(Reuters) - Many of the 125 Saudis held at Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba on suspicion of links to "terrorism" are youngsters who were duped into joining fighters in Afghanistan, Deputy Interior Minister Prince Ahmad bin Abdul-Aziz told the Arabic-language Okaz newspaper yesterday. He said no charges had yet been filed against any Saudis. "Many among the Saudi detainees are young and had been fooled or were inflamed by media reports about the situation in Afghanistan and the jihad so they went there without consulting (Muslim) scholars or their parents," the prince said. "There are also some detainees who were working with charity and humanitarian organizations, but they are few."

2002-08-27 00:00:00

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