Saudi Ambassador says, "Release our prisoners here and we will release yours there." While human rights agencies and foreign governments express concern about the treatment of Al-Qaeda terrorists detained at a U.S. military base in Cuba, the world ha

After repeated protest calls and letters to U.S. and Saudi government officials from the Washington, DC human rights organization International Christian Concern (ICC), and other groups, six of the fourteen detained Christians being held in Saudi Arabia have been released and deported. However, there is a growing concern about the health and welfare of the remaining eight Christians still detained. According to eyewitness reports, the remaining eight Christians who have been in jail for more than six months, having never been charged for committing a crime, but only accused of having practiced their faith in their homes, are being subjected to inhumane conditions. Earlier today, a representative of ICC telephoned the Saudi Embassy and asked to speak with Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar. ICC was told that he was out of the country and was transferred to "Ambassador" Al-Gain. During the 30 second conversation, as soon as the names of the detained Christians in Jeddah were brought up, Mr. Al-Gain, who at first denied knowing anything, then angrily said, "If you release our prisoners here, we'll release your prisoners there!" He then abruptly hung up the phone. It is unclear what Ambassador Al-Gain meant by "our prisoners," but it can be assumed that he was referring to Saudi detainees in the United States and elsewhere who are being questioned about their possible involvement in the terrorist attacks of September 11. Unfortunately, the U.S. government has been unwilling or incapable of doing anything to help these innocent Christians who themselves are victims of Saudi terrorist tactics! The names of the Christians finally released and then deported after more than six months in prison are: 1) Mesfin Berhanu to Ethiopia 2) Genet Haileab Araya to Eritrea (His family is still in Jeddah) 3) Afobunor Okey Buliamin (Benjamin) to Nigeria (His wife is still in Jeddah) 4) Kebrom Haile to Addis Abba 5) Eskander Menghis to Eritrea 6) Suleiman Keder (Ahmed) to Ethiopia

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