Bahrain arrests two ex-Guantánamo detainees

Bahraini authorities on Nov. 23 arrested and charged two former Guantánamo Bay detainees for plotting an attack in Bahrain. Reports indicate authorities caught the former detainees as they attempted to cross into Bahrain from Saudi Arabia on the King Fahad Causeway using forged passports. Bahrain’s Interior Ministry has yet to identify the arrestees but noted that both were found to be carrying large amounts of money. The ministry also noted that the arrest comes just days before Bahrain hosts the 32nd meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), an organization of six Gulf states seeking to effect “coordination, integration and inter-connection” between member states “in all fields.” There is, however, no express indication that the former detainees plotted to attack the GCC meeting.

From Jurist, Nov. 24. Used with permission.