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Wednesday , April 24 2019

Kuwaiti ISIS suspect deported to Kuwait; 34 million USD spent for the release of 12 Kuwaitis detained in Guantanamo Bay prison

MANILA: A Kuwaiti man suspected to be a member of the Islamic State group was Friday deported by the Philippines to face charges at home, a justice department official said. Hussein Al-Dhufairi, one of the two suspected IS members arrested in the Philippines last month, was flown out of the country to Kuwait, undersecretary Erickson Balmes said. A statement from the Kuwaiti embassy said Dhufairi was due to be tried in his home country. “Evidence obtained by Kuwait’s state security agencies also showed that he is planning to carry out terroristic attacks in the State of Kuwait,” the statement said. Dhufairi was arrested along with a Syrian woman Rahaf Zina, also named as a member of the jihadist group. Zina and Dhufairi married after her high-ranking IS commander husband was killed in Syria, said Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre. He earlier said the pair had entered the country as part of plans for “a bombing operation” in the Philippines or Kuwait. (AFP)

Guantanamo Bay prison: Kuwait spent a total of $34 million during the period between 2002 and 2016 for the release of 12 Kuwaitis who were detained in Guantanamo Bay prison, reports Al- Rai daily. These payments were made to law firms and attorneys whose names were been revealed by the daily. The highest sum, $7 million, was paid in 2007, followed by $3.536 million, which Kuwait paid in 2010, $3.4 million in 2014, $3.274 in 2011, $3.23 million in 2009, $3 million in 2008, $2 million in 2005 and 2013, $1.5 million in 2012, $1.4 million in 2016, $1.3 million in 2003, $1 million in 2004, $841,000 in 2015 and $700,000 in 2002. The 12 Kuwaiti prisoners of Guantanamo Bay Prison were accused of being members of al-Qaeda or Taleban organizations, or of being associated with them.

They had denied the charges, insisting that they were in Afghanistan on charitable missions. Some even claimed that they had been sold to US forces for bounty.

However, All these prisoners were eventually released. In January 2005, Nasser Al-Mutairi was released, becoming the fi rst Kuwaiti prisoner to be freed. The last Kuwaiti detainee was released in 2016, exactly 11 years later. None of these Kuwaiti detainees at Guantanamo Bay Prison were charged with a crime.

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