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Abdullah Abdulqadirakhun

Abdullah Abdulqadirakhun is a citizen of China, who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 285. The Department of Defense reports that Abdulqadirakhum was born on June 18, 1979, in Xinjiang [sic] China.

Abdulqadirakhun is one of approximately two dozen detainees from the Uyghur ethnic group.[2]

Information paper: Uighur Detainee Population at JTF-GTMO

Documents released in response to the writ of habeas corpus Hassan Anvar v. George W. Bush contained a memo entitled: "Information paper: Uighur Detainee Population at JTF-GTMO".[3] This memo, dated 30 October 2004, provides one paragraph biographies of 22 Uighur captives. The memo asserts that all 22 captives are suspected of membership in the "East Turkistan Islamic Movement". The memo describes the Uighur camp as an "ETIM training camp".

The portion of the document devoted to Abdullah Abdulqadirakhun states:

Abdullah Abdulqadirakhun is a 25-year-old Chinese citizen who is an ethnic Uighur from the Xinjiang province of China. He claims to have fled China in 2000 in an effort to escape Chinese oppression of the Uighurs. He was last interviewed in mid 2004. He has no reported incidents of violence in his discipline history. Abdulqadirakhun is suspected as being a probable member of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM). He is suspected of having received training in an ETIM training camp in Afghanistan.

The information paper also identified him as "Jallal Adin Abd Al Rahman".

Combatant Status Review Tribunal

Combatant Status Review Tribunals were held in a 3 x 6 meter trailer. The captive sat with his hands cuffed and feet shackled to a bolt in the floor.[4] Three chairs were reserved for members of the press, but only 37 of the 574 Tribunals were observed.[5]

Initially the Bush Presidency 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 Presidency's definition of an enemy combatant.

Summary of Evidence memo

A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for Abdullah Abdulqadirrakhun's Combatant Status Review Tribunal, on 3 November 2004.[6] The memo listed the following allegations against him:

a. The detainee is a part of forces associated with al Qaida and associated with The Taliban:
  1. The detainee departed Kyrgyzstan [sic] and traveled to Afghanistan, via Pakistan, in July 2001.
  2. The detainee attended the Uigher training camp in the Tora Bora Mountains of Afghanistan from September through mid October 2001.
b. The detainee participated in military operations against the United States and its coalition partners.
  1. The detainee was present at, and participated in, the battle of Tora Bora.
  2. The detainee retreated from his position in the Tora Bora Mountains to Pakistan in late 2001, at which point Pakistani authorities apprehended him and his unit.


Abdulqadirakhum chose to participate in his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.[7] On March 3, 2006, in response to a court order from Jed Rakoff the Department of Defense published a fourteen page summarized transcript from his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.[8]

According to Abdulqadirakhum there were no Taliban or al Qaida at the place the Uyghurs stayed.

Abdulqadirakhum acknowledged getting a limited amount of weapons training. Hs said he only fired once, a couple of bullets. He said his trainer was named Hassan Maksum. He was killed during the American bombing campaign. He said another Uyghur, named Abdul Haq was in charge of the camp.

The training camp was incomplete, with no latrines. The Uyghurs spent most of their time in construction.


Emam Abdulahat testified on Abdulqadirakhum's behalf. He did not see Abdulqadirakhum receive any military training of engage in any hostilities.

Current status

Five Uyghurs, whose CSR Tribunals determined they had not been enemy combatants were transferred to detention in an Albanian refugee camp in 2006. A man who was born to Uyghur parents, in Saudi Arabia, and thus was considered a Uyghur, was nevertheless returned to Saudi Arabia. All the other Uyghurs remain in Guantanamo.

In September 2007 the Department of Defense released all the Summary of Evidence memos prepared for the Administrative Review Boards convened in 2006.[9] While a Board reviewed his status in 2005 no Board reviewed his status in 2006.

In September 2007 the Department of Defense released the recommendation memos from 133 of the Administrative Review Boards that convened in 2005 and the recommendation memos from 55 of the Administrative Review Boards that convened in 2006.[10][11] No recommendation memos were released for him.


Abdullah Abdulqadirakhun and three other Uyghurs Abdul Helil Mamut, Huzaifa Parhat and Emam Abdulahat were set free in Bermuda on June 11, 2009.[12]


  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. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  2. China's Uighurs trapped at Guantanamo, Asia Times, November 4, 2004
  3. "Information paper: Uighur Detainee Population at JTF-GTMO". United States Department of Defense. 30 October 2004. pp. pages 28-34. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  4. Inside the Guantánamo Bay hearings: Barbarian "Justice" dispensed by KGB-style "military tribunals", Financial Times, December 11, 2004
  5. "Annual Administrative Review Boards for Enemy Combatants Held at Guantanamo Attributable to Senior Defense Officials". United States Department of Defense. March 6, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  6. OARDEC (3 November 2004). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal - Abdulqadirrakhun, Abdullah". United States Department of Defense. pp. page 29. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  7. OARDEC (date redacted). "Summarized Statement". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 26-39. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  8. "US releases Guantanamo files". The Age. April 4, 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  9. OARDEC (July 17, 2007). "Index of Summaries of Detention-Release Factors for ARB Round Two". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  10. OARDEC (July 17, 2007). "Index to Transfer and Release Decision for Guantanamo Detainees". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  11. OARDEC (August 10, 2007). Index "Index of Transfer and Release Decision for Guantanamo Detainees from ARB Round Two". United States Department of Defense. Index. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  12. Andy Worthington (2009-06-11). "Who Are the Four Guantanamo Uighurs Sent to Bermuda?". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2009-06-11.