US-Saudi agreement on Hamdi release not yet reached

Saudi Arabia is continuing to delay the release of Yasser Esam Hamdi from US custody, saying that certain provisions of its agreement with the US to accept Hamdi may not be enforceable. As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, the agreement will require Hamdi to renounce his US citizenship and terrorism and will impose strict restriction on Hamdi's travel, including reporting to the US embassy in Riyadh if he wants to leave Saudi Arabia.

A senior State Department official has said that the Saudis have not raised specific objections to Hamdi's repatriation, adding that "it's more a question of questions that we have endeavored to answer and we haven't gotten back any [response]." AFP has more.

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