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Riyadh- Saudi Arabia requested additional information from the US authorities on Thursday on the circumstances surrounding the suicides of two of its citizens held in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, earlier this month.

The medical committee which carried out an autopsy on the bodies of Mani al Utaibi and Yasser al Zahrani, earlier this week, demanded the US hand over additional proof that the men killed themselves, such as video recordings or medical reports showing they were psychologically imbalanced, according to informed sources.

The body of a third prisoner involved in the June 10 suicide, Ali Abdullah Ahmad, was transferred to his family Monday.

It has also asked to be shown any letters or suicide letters the detainees left behind. Earlier this month, a US military spokesman had claimed the men had written suicide notes in Arabic but he did not reveal their content.

The sources indicated that, if granted, the requests would form part of the Saudi coroner’s extensive investigation into the deaths.

On Thursday, al Zahrani was buried in Medina while al Utaibi was laid to rest in a nondescript grave at the Nassim cemetery on the outskirts of Riyadh.

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