Monday, October 11, 1999 Published at 21:55 GMT 22:55 UK
Bomb suspect sent to Saudi
Khobar Towers was attacked to drive US troops from Saudi Arabia
Hani al-Sayigh, the Saudi national wanted in connection with the bombing of the American military base at al-Khobar in 1996, has been extradited to Saudi Arabia from the United States.
"We appreciate the USA's decision to respond favourably to our request and to honour the promise they had made to us," Prince Nayif said, adding: "We have specific information and evidence which confirm Sayigh's involvement in the unjust terrorist act in the town of Khobar about three years ago."
Mr al-Sayigh unsuccessfully sought asylum in the US, arguing that - as a political opponent of the Saudi regime, he would probably be tortured if he was returned to his homeland.
In June 1997, Canada expelled him for alleged terrorist activity. The US Justice Department allowed him onto US soil for prosecution under a deal that he would plead guilty to the Khobar attack.
The US Justice Department says Mr al-Sayigh later reneged on the deal, denying he knew anything about the attack.
US Attorney General Janet Reno said she had received assurances from the Saudi Government that Mr al-Sayigh would not be tortured.
Earlier on Monday, the al-Sayigh family said they were having trouble finding him a lawyer in Saudi Arabia.
It is unusual for defendents to be represented in Saudi criminal cases. Correspondents say Saudi lawyers dare not get involved in a politically sensitive case like this, unless asked by the authorities.
In the past, political opponents have faced the death sentence after confessing to terrorist offences in Saudi Arabia.