Saudi militant suspect dies in custody

Rumian was 29 years old, and was the second suspected militant to die in state security detention in two years.

Saudi militant suspect dies in custody

A Saudi suspected militant extradited from Iraq last year has died in Saudi custody, an Islamist website said this week, calling the death a crime.

The site Ekhlaas, often used by al Qaeda-linked groups, said the family of Abdullah Mohammed Saleh al-Rumian received his body in the town of Buraida north of Riyadh last week with orders to bury him immediately.

It said Rumian was one of two Saudis handed over to Saudi authorities by Iraq last year. He had been on a wanted list of 36 suspected Islamic militants issued by Riyadh after al Qaeda-linked militants launched a campaign of violence in 2003. Most of those on the list have been killed or arrested.

"This is a crime that cannot be forgiven," the user who posted the report said on the website.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said he would check the report.

The U.S.-based opposition Saudi Information Agency said Rumian was 29 years old, and was the second suspected militant to die in state security detention in two years.

It said he was arrested in Arbil in north Iraq in September 2003, months after the U.S.-led invasion, and that his brother died in a bomb operation in Iraq the same year.

Reuters
Last Mod: 14 Haziran 2008, 15:31
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