Adnan Farhan Abd Al Latif

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Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif

undated photo of Abdul Latif, prior to his detention
Born December 27, 1975 (1975-12-27) (age 48)
Aluday, Yemen
Other names


  • Agnahn Purhan Abjallil
  • Allal, Ab Aljallil
  • Allal Ab Aljallil Abd Al Rahman Abd
  • Abdelrahman Abdulla Abdel Galil
  • Adnan Farhan Abd al Latif
  • Afnahn Purhan Abjillil
  • Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif

Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, also known as Allal Ab Aljallil Abd al Rahman, is a Yemeni citizen currently detained at the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.[1] The current legal status of his detention is indeterminate, as the controlling opinion bearing upon this question is classified.[2][3] Joint Task Force Guantanamo reported that Abd al Rahman was born on December 27, 1975, in Aluday, Yemen.

He won his habeas corpus in July 2010 and Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr.. ordered the Obama administration to "take all necessary and appropriate diplomatic steps to facilitate Latif's release forthwith." Judge Kennedy says the Obama administration has failed to show evidence that he was part of al Qaeda or an associated force.[4][5]

Latif's attorney, David Remes, said, "This is a mentally disturbed man who has said from the beginning that he went to Afghanistan seeking medical care because he was too poor to pay for it. Finally, a court has recognized that he's been telling the truth, and ordered his release."[6]

Latif has been held at Guantanamo arrived there on January 17, 2002.[7][8][9]

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.[10] 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

Following the Supreme Court's ruling the Department of Defense set up the Office for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants.[10]

habeas corpus

Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif's attorney's emergency motion stated that he was suffering seizures, and was not being properly treated. The items in the petition for "miscellaneous relief" was for him to be allowed another blanket, and a pillow, to try to help prevent his seizures.[11]

On September 22, 2008 Thomas F. Hogan denied the Emergency Motion for Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif's medical records, pillow and blanket.[11][12]

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] Latif's assessment was 3 pages long, and was drafted on September 3, 2004.[15] It was signed by camp commandant Jay Hood, and recommended that Latif be transferred to another country for continued detention.[16]

Al Jazeera reports on a letter from Guantanamo

On April 17, 2009, Al Jazeera reported they had obtained a letter from Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, in which he described receiving recent abuse at Guantanamo.[17] The report said the letter, dated April 2009, was addressed to one of his lawyers. Al Jazeera did not report how the letter came into their custody.

The report also quoted David Remes observations on the appearance of Abdul Latif and his other clients.[17] Remes said he had taken inventories of new scars and rashes on his clients:

"Adnan Latif ... has a badly dislocated shoulder blade. I've seen the evidence of physical torture and I've also heard about the evidence of psychological torture."

Suicide Attempt

Associated Press reported on May 11, 2009, that Remes reported that Latif slit his wrists during his most recent visit.[18] Remes said that Latif had used the edge of a strip of broken veneer from the side of a table in the interview room to sever a vein in his wrist. Remes said Latif used the table to hide his wrist slitting, himself, their interpreter, and camp guards monitoring the interview via video camera.

Remes said Latif had tried to commit suicide before, and had been confined to the detention facility's psychiatric facility.[18] Remes said Latif needed mental health care, but all camp authorities were doing was attempting to keep him subdued.

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" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  2. United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. "Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif v. Barack Obama" (PDF).$file/10-5319OPCN.pdf. 
  3. United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. "Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif v. Barack Obama" (PDF). 
  4. . Archived from the original on 2010-08-18. 
  5. "Judge orders longtime Gitmo detainee released for lack of evidence". CNN. 2010-08-17. Archived from the original on 2010-08-18. 
  6. Yemeni psych patient ordered freed - Guantánamo - Template:WebCite
  7. JTF-GTMO (2007-03-16). "Measurements of Heights and Weights of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba". Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 25 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-22.  mirror
  8. "Measurements of Heights and Weights of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (ordered and consolidated version)". Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas, from DoD data. Archived from the original on 2009-12-21. 
  9. Margot Williams (2008-11-03). "Guantanamo Docket: Allal Ab Aljallil Abd Al Rahman". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "U.S. military reviews 'enemy combatant' use". USA Today. 2007-10-11. Archived from the original on 2012-08-11. "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." 
  11. 11.0 11.1 Tom Ramstack (2008-09-23). "Federal court won't hear plea for blanket". Washington Times. Retrieved 2008-09-25. "While the Supreme Court's decision in Boumediene gives [Latif] the right to challenge the fact of his confinement, it says nothing of his right to challenge the conditions of his confinement."  mirror
  12. Thomas F. Hogan (2008-09-22). "Guantanamo Bay Detainee Litigation: Doc 471" (PDF). United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 2008-09-23.  mirror
  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. 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. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  15. "Guantanamo Bay detainee file on Adil Said Al Haj Ubayd Al Busayss, US9YM-000165DP, passed to the Telegraph by Wikileaks". The Telegraph (UK). 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2013-. "Recommendation: Transfer to the control of another country for continued detention" 
  16. Jay Hood (2004-09-03). "Update Recommendation to a Transfer to the Control of Another Country for Continued Detention (TRCD) for Guantanamo Detainee, ISN: US9CH-000320DP (S)". Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Retrieved 2013-05-31.  mirror
  17. 17.0 17.1 "New abuse claims at Guantanamo". Al Jazeera. 2009-04-17. Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. 
  18. 18.0 18.1 Ben Fox (2009-05-11). "Lawyer: Gitmo prisoner slashed wrist, hurled blood". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2009-05-11. 

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