Are these actually two people: the first returned to SA, Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi, Gitmo #333, and the second returned today, Ahmed Owaidan Al Harbi?
Yemen reports a second repatriation from Yemen to Saudia Arabia today of Ahmed Owaidan al-Harbi. This is following on the heels of the return of Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi, the Gitmo detainee 333. We’re good up to this point.
The NYT previously said the first, Abu Hareth Muhammad al-Awfi (al-Oufi) was identified in the vid as Mohamed Atiq Awayd al-Harbi. Probably related to Ahmed Owaidan Al Harbi, but gee, the names are very similiar. The Saudi list of the 85 has one name that is close to both with a third spelling, al Aufi:
73- Mohammed Otaik Owaid Al-Aufi Al-Harbi, Saudi
15- Badr Saud Owaid Al-Aufi Al-Harbi, Saudi
26- Khaled Saleem Owaid Al-Luhaibi Al-Harbi, Saudi
29- Rayed Abdullah Salim Al-Zahiri Al-Harbi, Saudi
43- Abdullah Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al-Harbi, Saudi
60- Fayez Ghuneim Hameed Al-Hijri Al-Harbi, Saudi
SAN’A, Yemen (AP) — Yemen says it has handed over another alleged al-Qaida operative to authorities in Saudi Arabia.
The Interior Ministry says it sent back the Saudi national, Ahmed Owaidan al-Harbi, on Thursday, 20 days after his arrest in eastern Yemen. The ministry hasn’t released any details on al-Harbi’s case.
The extradition comes two days after Yemen returned another Saudi national who was once held at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo and later became an al-Qaida operative in Yemen. Officials say that suspect, Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi, surrendered himself.
So al Harbi was arrested Jan 30/31? The vid came out on Jan 25. There was a lot of hunting, the arrest of the Kuwaiti, and other round-ups that week. The Saudi list of the 85 was published Feb. 3 after a visit from the Saudi Interior Minister. Al Harbi imay be a family member of al Awfi with a similiar name who was arrested prior to the publication of the list. But you never know what to believe with the Yemeni regime, they lie more than they tell the truth.
Its strange that SA says they have no notice of seven Saudis that the Yemeni regime previously announced they arrested. Maybe its something else, maybe Yemen is spinning the international media.