Deleted:Abdul Ghafour (Guantanamo detainee)

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Abdul Ghafour is a citizen of Afghanistan who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1] Abdul Ghafour's Guantanamo ISN was 954. American intelligence analysts estimate that Abdul Ghafour was born in 1962, in Pattia Province [sic], Afghanistan.

Combatant Status Review

Ghafour was among the 60% of prisoners who participated in the tribunal hearings.[2] A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for the tribunal of each detainee. The memo for his hearing lists the following allegations:[3][4]

a. The detainee is a member of the Taliban.
  1. The detainee is the former district officer for the Taliban in Zormat, Afghanistan.
  2. The detainee ordered an individual to emplace weapons caches in the Zormat district for use against U.S. forces.
b. The detainee participated in military operations against the United States or its coalition partners.
  1. The detainee commanded a group of troops responsible for the 20–21 July 2002 bombings against the U.S. base in Gardez, Afghanistan.
  2. The detainee fired on U.S. forces when they attempted to enter his property.

Press reports

On July 12, 2006 the magazine Mother Jones provided excerpts from the transcripts of a selection of the Guantanamo detainees.[5] Ghafour was one of the detainees profiled. According to the article his transcript contained the following comment:

"I have a mother, my wife, kids, sister, and myself in my house. If I fired at Americans it meant suicide for my family. That means destroying and killing your own family…. I was not that crazy and not that stupid to shoot at Americans from my own roof. That’d mean I killed my own kids and family…. If I had known they were people from the government or they were Americans, this would have never happened. I was still thinking they were thieves and they came to rob us…. I don’t get it. Why am I in Cuba?"


On November 25, 2008 the Department of Defense published a list of when Guantanamo captives were repatriated.[6] According to that list he was repatriated on December 12, 2007.

The Center for Constitutional Rights reports that all of the Afghans repatriated to Afghanistan from April 2007 were sent to Afghan custody in the American built and supervised wing of the Pul-e-Charkhi prison near Kabul.[7]

See also


  1. OARDEC (May 15, 2006). "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006". United States Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  2. OARDEC, Index to Transcripts of Detainee Testimony and Documents Submitted by Detainees at Combatant Status Review Tribunals Held at Guantanamo Between July 2004 and March 2005, September 4, 2007
  3. Summary of Evidence memo (.pdf) prepared for Abdul Ghafour's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - October 4, 2004 page 198
  4. Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Abdul Ghafour'sCombatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 91–99
  5. "Why Am I in Cuba?", Mother Jones (magazine), July 12, 2006
  6. OARDEC (2008-10-09). "Consolidated chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased". Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  7. "International Travel". Center for Constitutional Rights. 2008. Archived from the original on 12 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-13. "CCR attorney Pardiss Kebriaei traveled to Kabul to follow the situation of Guantánamo prisoners being returned to Afghanistan. Since April 2007, all such prisoners have been sent to a U.S.-built detention facility within the Soviet era Pule-charkhi prison located outside Kabul."  mirror

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