Redha al-Najar

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Redha al-Najar
Born 1966
Nationality Tunis
Citizenship Tunisia
Known for Held in extrajudicial detention by the USA in Afghanistan

Redha al-Najar is a citizen of Tunisia currently held in extrajudicial detention in US custody in the Bagram Theater Internment Facility.[1][2] He is notable for being one of a very small number of the captives held in Bagram to have had a writ of habeas corpus submitted on his behalf.

Time magazine reports he was captured at his home in Karachi, Pakistan in May 2002.[1] Time reports he spent two years in the CIA's black sites, before being transferred to Bagram.

Al-Najar is reprepresented by Barbara Olshansky of Stanford University's International Human Rights Clinic and Tina Monshipour Foster of the International Justice Network.[3][4]

Redha was not allowed to send a letter until some time in 2003.[5]

On January 15, 2010, the Department of Defense complied with a court order and published a heavily redacted list of captives held in the Bagram Theater Internment Facility.[6][7] There were 645 names on the list, which was dated September 22, 2009. One of the names was Ridha Ahmad Najjar. Historian Andy Worthington, author of the The Guantanamo Files, asserted that this was another transliteration of Redah al-Najar, who he said was captured in May 2002 in Karachi, Pakistan. Worthington reported he was held in the CIA's "dark prison", the and several other CIA black sites, including the "Panjshir prison", and two prisons named "Rissat prison" and "Rissat prison 2".


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mark Thompson (2009-01-05). "Another Gitmo Grows in Afghanistan". Time magazine.,8599,1869519,00.html. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  2. Jesse J. Holland (2008-12-10). "Tunisian man sues for freedom from US detainment". WTOP News. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  3. "Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Tunisian Man Detained at U.S. Air Base Prison in Bagram, Afghanistan". Stanford Law School. 2008-12-10.,%20Afghanistan/. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  4. Barbara Olshansky, Tina Monshipour Foster (2009-01-02). "Redha al-Najar v. Robert M. Gates -- 1:08-CV-02143 (JDB)". United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  5. "Tunisian Disappeared in 2002 Discovered in Bagram". International Justice Network. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  6. "Bagram detainees". Department of Defense. 2009-09-22. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. 
  7. Andy Worthington (2010-01-19). "Dark Revelations in the Bagram Prisoner List". truthout. Archived from the original on 2010-01-25. " was also held in the "Dark Prison," the Panjshir prison, "Rissat," and another prison identified as "Rissat 2,"..."