U.S. lawyers in Yemen to help detainees [Archives:2005/852/Local News]

June 20 2005

Seven U.S. lawyers held meetings in Yemen Saturday to discuss the fate of U.S. detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with their Arab families.

The lawyers were commissioned by Amnesty International to defend the Arab prisoners in Guantanamo.

They sat down with families from Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and discussed the prison conditions of their sons. The attorneys also discussed legal measures they said were designed to pressure the U.S. administration to give detainees fair trials and release those who prove to be innocent of the charges of terrorism.

The head of the lawyers' team, Clive Smith, said after the meetings there are a number of Yemeni and Saudi prisoners younger than 15.

Smith urged Arab governments to cooperate with U.S. lawyers and Amnesty International in order to secure the release and repatriation of the prisoners.