Saudi Arabia issued a list of its 83 most wanted suspects living abroad, including six Saudis freed from Guantanamo Bay, and asked Interpol for help in arresting them, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Mansour al-Turki told The Associated Press the government is urging the suspects to turn themselves in to Saudi embassies abroad.
"They will help them return to Saudi Arabia and unite with their families," he said. "Reuniting with their families may not happen instantly. There may be a process that might include rehabilitation."
The Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya satellite news channel said the statement only identified one of the wanted suspects, Saleh al-Qaraawi, calling him the leader of al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. It said there were also six former Guantanamo inmates and two Yemenis on the list.
According to Al-Turki, the government had asked the international police organization to arrest the wanted suspects and hand them over to Saudi Arabia. Al-Turki conveyed he believed many of the suspects on the list were receiving training abroad to carry out operations in Saudi Arabia.