Abdul Haddi Bin Hadiddi

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Abdul Haddi Bin Hadiddi
Citizenship Tunisia
Occupation driver

Abdul Haddi Bin Hadiddi is a citizen of Tunisia who was held in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba, from August 5, 2002 to March 23, 2003.[1][2] The Department of Defense reports that he was born on March 18, 1969, in Bir'Alash, Tunisia and assigned him the Internment Serial Number 717.


Historian Andy Worthington, the author of The Guantanamo Files, noted that he originally faced daunting justifications for his detention, but most of these had been abandoned, by 2006, and he was cleared for release in 2007.[3][4] Bin Hadiddi fled repressive Tunisia in 1987, for Italy. He held jobs in the restaurant and hotel industry, but also became involved with drugs. In 1999 he accepted help from the Jamaat-al-Tablighi, to travel to Pakistan, “to abandon his wayward lifestyle and return to his Muslim roots.”. He settled down in Pakistan, and married the daughter of a fellow Tunisian. Worthington suggested that his arrest in Pakistan, in April 2002, was motivated solely by the lucrative bounties US intelligence was offering.

Ben Hadiddi was transferred to Georgia, on March 23, 2010.[4] Ben Hadiddi ended up back in Tunisia, but Carlotta Gall, reporting for the New York Times described how he found harrassment from Tunisian security officials so troubling that he went to the local offices of the Red Cross, and requested their assistance to be returned to detention in Guantanamo.[5]

Official status reviews

Originally the Bush Presidency asserted that captives apprehended in the "war on terror" were not covered by the Geneva Conventions, and could be held indefinitely, without charge, and without an open and transparent review of the justifications for their detention.[6] In 2004 the United States Supreme Court ruled, in Rasul v. Bush, that Guantanamo captives were entitled to being informed of the allegations justifying their detention, and were entitled to try to refute them.

Office for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants

Combatant Status Review Tribunals were held in a 3x5 meter trailer where the captive sat with his hands and feet shackled to a bolt in the floor.[7][8]

Following the Supreme Court's ruling the Department of Defense set up the Office for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants.[6][9]

Scholars at the Brookings Institute, lead by Benjamin Wittes, listed the captives still held in Guantanamo in December 2008, according to whether their detention was justified by certain common allegations[10]:

Ben Hadiddi had four status reviews, in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Following his 2007 status review Gordon England, the Designated Civilian Official, authorized his release.

On April 24, 2011, the New York Times published a front page article highlighting how flawed the Guantanamo intelligence efforts could be.[11] The article cited Ben Hadiddi's dossier as one that was seriously flawed. A key allegation against Ben Hadiddi was based on phone calls intercepted by Italian security officials. The record showed that they heard Ben Hadiddi holding a conversation, with gunfire in the background. A footnote in his record showed, however, that the conversations the Italians intercepted took place after he was already in custody.

Habeas corpus petition

Ben Hadiddi had a writ of habeas corpus filed on his behalf. The United States Congress passed two laws, the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 and the Military Commissions Act of 2006 were first restricted access to, and then totally cut off the captives access to habeas corpus.[12] But in 2008 the Supreme Court over-ruled congress, in Boumediene v. Bush. Even though Ben Hadiddi had already been cleared for release, US District Court Judge Robert Leon denied his appeal.

Formerly secret Joint Task Force Guantanamo assessment

On April 25, 2011, whistleblower organization WikiLeaks published formerly secret assessments drafted by Joint Task Force Guantanamo analysts.[13][14] His Joint Task Force Guantanamo assessment was drafted on December 15, 2005.[15] It was signed by camp commandant Rear Admiral Jay W. Hood. He recommended retention in Guantanamo.

Release to Georgia

The USA released five men on March 23, 2010.[16] The names of the three sent to Georgia were withheld, but reporters were able to determine that they were Ben Hadiddi, Abdel Hamid al Ghizzawi and Ashraf Salim Abd al Salam Sultan.

Return to Tunisia


  1. list of prisoners (.pdf), US Department of Defense, May 15, 2006
  2. Margot Williams (2008-11-03). "Guantanamo Docket: Abdul Haddi bin Hadiddi". New York Times. http://projects.nytimes.com/guantanamo/detainees/717-abdul-haddi-bin-hadiddi. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  3. Andy Worthington (2009-02-01). "The Guantánamo Files: Website Extras (10) – Seized in Pakistan (Part Two)". http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/the-guantanamo-files-website-extras-10-seized-in-pakistan-part-two/. Retrieved 2017-02-17. "The evidence against him originally involved claims that he had attended various training camps in Afghanistan, but by the time of his most recent publicly available review, in 2006, these had been dropped." 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Andy Worthington (2010-10-13). "Who Are the Remaining Prisoners in Guantánamo? Part Seven: Captured in Pakistan (3 of 3)". http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2010/10/13/who-are-the-remaining-prisoners-in-guantanamo-part-seven-captured-in-pakistan-3-of-3/. Retrieved 2017-02-17. "He then worked alongside his father-in-law, but one evening, in April 2002, as he went with a Pakistani friend to look at a house to rent, he was seized by the Pakistani police, presumably for the lucrative bounty payments available for vulnerable Arabs in Pakistan." 
  5. Carlotta Gall (2017-02-17). "After Eight Years in Guantánamo, He Yearns to Return". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2017-02-17. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F02%2F17%2Fworld%2Fafrica%2Fafter-eight-years-in-guantanamo-he-yearns-to-return.html%3F_r%3D0&date=2017-02-17. "After eight years as a detainee in the United States detention facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, he says he still suffers from headaches, depression and anxiety attacks from the torture and other mistreatment he says he suffered there, even six years after his release." 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "U.S. military reviews 'enemy combatant' use". USA Today. 2007-10-11. Archived from the original on 2012-08-11. http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-10-11-guantanamo-combatants_N.htm. "Critics called it an overdue acknowledgment that the so-called Combatant Status Review Tribunals are unfairly geared toward labeling detainees the enemy, even when they pose little danger. Simply redoing the tribunals won't fix the problem, they said, because the system still allows coerced evidence and denies detainees legal representation." 
  7. Guantánamo Prisoners Getting Their Day, but Hardly in Court, New York Times, November 11, 2004 - mirror
  8. Inside the Guantánamo Bay hearings: Barbarian "Justice" dispensed by KGB-style "military tribunals", Financial Times, December 11, 2004
  9. "Q&A: What next for Guantanamo prisoners?". BBC News. 2002-01-21. Archived from the original on 23 November 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1773140.stm. Retrieved 2008-11-24.  mirror
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Benjamin Wittes, Zaathira Wyne (2008-12-16). "The Current Detainee Population of Guantánamo: An Empirical Study". The Brookings Institute. http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/reports/2008/12/16%20detainees%20wittes/1216_detainees_wittes.pdf. Retrieved 2010-02-16.  mirror
  11. Scott Shane, Benjamin Weiser, Charlie Savage, William Glaberson, Andrew W. Lehren, Andrei Scheinkman (2011-04-24). "Judging Detainees’ Risk, Often With Flawed Evidence". Washington DC: New York Times. p. A1. Archived from the original on 2011-04-30. http://web.archive.org/web/20110430135934/http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/world/guantanamo-files-flawed-evidence-for-assessing-risk.html?pagewanted=all. Retrieved 2017-02-17. "But if the Italian dates are right, the reported calls were made after Mr. Hadiddi’s arrest. A footnote tries to sort it out: “If this was the detainee,” it says, then the reported dates of the calls must be wrong. “If this is not the detainee, it may indicate detainee’s claimed name is not his” — an astonishing acknowledgment about a man imprisoned since August 2002." 
  12. "Guantanamo Habeas Scorecard". Centre for Constitutional Rights. 2012-05-30. http://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/assets/files/2012-05-30%20Updated%20Habeas%20SCORECARD.pdf. Retrieved 2017-02-17. "Denied by Judge Leon on 04/02/2009 in Sliti v Obama (05-cv-00429)" 
  13. Christopher Hope, Robert Winnett, Holly Watt, Heidi Blake (2011-04-27). "WikiLeaks: Guantanamo Bay terrorist secrets revealed -- Guantanamo Bay has been used to incarcerate dozens of terrorists who have admitted plotting terrifying attacks against the West – while imprisoning more than 150 totally innocent people, top-secret files disclose". The Telegraph (UK). Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8471907/WikiLeaks-Guantanamo-Bay-terrorist-secrets-revealed.html. Retrieved 2012-07-13. "The Daily Telegraph, along with other newspapers including The Washington Post, today exposes America’s own analysis of almost ten years of controversial interrogations on the world’s most dangerous terrorists. This newspaper has been shown thousands of pages of top-secret files obtained by the WikiLeaks website." 
  14. "WikiLeaks: The Guantánamo files database". The Telegraph (UK). 2011-04-27. Archived from the original on 2015-06-26. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wikileaks-files/guantanamo-bay-wikileaks-files/8476672/WikiLeaks-The-Guantanamo-files-database.html. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  15. "Hedi Ben Hedili Hammami: Guantanamo Bay detainee file on Hedi Ben Hedili Hammami, US9TS-000717DP, passed to the Telegraph by Wikileaks". The Telegraph (UK). 2011-04-27. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wikileaks-files/guantanamo-bay-wikileaks-files/8477430/Guantanamo-Bay-detainee-file-on-Hedi-Ben-Hedili-Hammami-US9TS-000717DP.html. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  16. "Unidentified Releases from Guantánamo". Center for the Study of Human Rights in America. http://humanrights.ucdavis.edu/projects/the-guantanamo-testimonials-project/testimonies/prisoner-testimonies/unidentified-releases-from-guantanamo. Retrieved 2017-02-17. "Two of the three releases to the Republic of Georgia on March 23, 2010 (the third was Abdel Hamid al Ghizzawi (ISN 654). The New York Times eventually identified these releases as Abdul Haddi bin Hadiddi (ISN 717) and Ashraf Salim Abd al Salam Sultan (ISN 263)." 

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