Deleted:Abdul Razzaq (Guantanamo detainee 923)

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Official photo from the US Department of Defense.

Abdul Razzaq is a citizen of Afghanistan who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 923. The list of all the detainee names, released on May 15, 2006, contains the estimate that Razzaq was born in 1964 in Kadahal, Afghanistan.

Combatant Status Review Tribunal

Combatant Status Review Tribunals were held in a trailer the size of a large RV. The captive sat on a plastic garden chair, with his hands and feet shackled to a bolt in the floor.[2][3] Three chairs were reserved for members of the press, but only 37 of the 574 Tribunals were observed.[4]Template:POV-section

Initially the Bush administration asserted that they could withhold all the protections of the Geneva Conventions to captives from the war on terror. This policy was challenged before the Judicial branch. Critics argued that the USA could not evade its obligation to conduct competent tribunals to determine whether captives are, or are not, entitled to the protections of prisoner of war status.

Subsequently the Department of Defense instituted the Combatant Status Review Tribunals. The Tribunals, however, were not authorized to determine whether the captives were lawful combatants -- rather they were merely empowered to make a recommendation as to whether the captive had previously been correctly determined to match the Bush administration's definition of an enemy combatant.

Razzaq chose to participate in his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.[5]


The allegations Abdul Razzaq faced during his Tribunal were:

a. The detainee is a member of the Taliban.
  1. The detainee worked for the Taliban as a cook for five months prior to his capture.
  2. The detainee also worked directly for a Taliban member.
  3. The detainee received hand-on military training when he fought on the front lines against the Soviets during an earlier jihad.
  4. Upon his capture the detainee possessed a list of 24 recruits for a Taliban military unit.

Administrative Review Board hearing

Hearing room where Guantanamo captive's annual Administrative Review Board hearings convened for captives whose Combatant Status Review Tribunal had already determined they were an "enemy combatant".[6]

Detainees who were determined to have been properly classified as "enemy combatants" were scheduled to have their dossier reviewed at annual Administrative Review Board hearings. The Administrative Review Boards weren't authorized to review whether a detainee qualified for POW status, and they weren't authorized to review whether a detainee should have been classified as an "enemy combatant".

They were authorized to consider whether a detainee should continue to be detained by the United States, because they continued to pose a threat—or whether they could safely be repatriated to the custody of their home country, or whether they could be set free.

Summary of Evidence memo

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for Abdul Razzaq's first annual Administrative Review Board, on 20 July 2005.[7] The memo listed factors for and against his continued detention.

The following primary factors favor continued detention

a. Commitment
  1. The detainee fought against the Russians in the [Jihad.
  2. The detainee admitted to being a member of the Taliban.
  3. The detainee was apprehended by Afghan Security Forces at his bakery shop. Although no weapons were found, a letter describing the character of approximately 24 men and recommending they be admitted into the Taliban II Commando Corps was found. The letter signed by former Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar.
  4. The detainee and two other men are reported to have been plotting to attack United States personnel in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in late December 2002.
  5. The group also planned to conduct mortar attacks on the Kandahar, airfield at a later undetermined date.
  6. The intent of the attacks was to gain support from the Sayyef Organization.
  7. Some Abu Sayyef Group leaders allegedly fought in Afghanistan during the Soviet war and are students and proponents of radical Islamic teachings.
  8. An unknown individual from Pakistan, sent by, or associated with, Zabir Jalil, a Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) commander in Quetta, Pakistan, provided radio-controlled detonators. The man also instructed the detainee on the proper use of the devices.
  9. The Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin has staged small attacks to force United States troops to leave Afghanistan, overthrow the Afghan Transitional Administration, and establish a fundamentalist state.
  10. The Hezb-e-Islami was one of the major mujahedin groups in the war against the Soviets and has long established ties with Bin Laden.
  11. Zabit Jalil was reportedly involved in planning to lay remote control detonated explosives along the route to a U.S. military installation in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  12. HIG Commander Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Zabit Jalil, and Mullah Ghaffor were providing funding for planned attacks against United States military personnel.
  13. The detainee reportedly purchased 100 bars of wet gun powder; twelve 82 millimeter mortar rounds; 25 to 30 rocket propelled grenades; two to three Enfield rifles; and four anti-tank mines.
b. Training
  1. The detainee received some military and hands-on training while fighting against the Russians in the jihad, but denied any training at a formal camp.
  2. The detainee can fire AK-47s, pistols and shoulder-fired rockets.
c. Other Relevant Data
  1. The detainee worked for about one year for Mullah Abdul Ali, a member of the Taliban. The detainee would pick up groceries and personal items for his employer.
  2. The detainee admitted knowing Zabit Jalil, but only during the time of the Russians.
  3. The detainee admitted involvement with the Sayyef Group during the Russian jihad.

The following primary factors favor release or transfer

a. The detainee denied knowing Mullah Omar and having any knowledge of a letter reportedly discovered in his residence.
b. The detainee denied any association with the HIG, Taliban, and involvement in the planning of attacks on U.S. or Afghan forces.


Razzaq chose to participate in his Administrative Review Board hearing.[8]

Responses to the factors


On November 25, 2008 the Department of Defense published a list of when Guantanamo captives were repatriated.[9] 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.[10]


  1. list of prisoners (.pdf), US Department of Defense, May 15, 2006
  2. Guantánamo Prisoners Getting Their Day, but Hardly in Court, New York Times, November 11, 2004 - mirror
  3. Inside the Guantánamo Bay hearings: Barbarian "Justice" dispensed by KGB-style "military tribunals", Financial Times, December 11, 2004
  4. "Annual Administrative Review Boards for Enemy Combatants Held at Guantanamo Attributable to Senior Defense Officials". United States Department of Defense. March 6, 2007. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  5. Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Abdul Razzaq's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 7-12
  6. Spc Timothy Book (Friday March 10, 2006). "Review process unprecedented". JTF-GTMO Public Affairs Office. pp. 1. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  7. OARDEC (20 July 2005). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Razzaq, Abdul". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 43–45. Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  8. OARDEC (date redacted). "Summary of Administrative Review Board Proceedings of ISN 923". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 184–195. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  9. 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. 
  10. "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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