Deleted:Habib Rahman (detainee)

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Habib Rahman
Born 1982 (age 41–42)
Citizenship Afghanistan

Habib Rahman 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 907. American intelligence analysts estimate that Rahman was born in 1982, in Mansaira, Pakistan. He was repatriated without charges on October 11, 2006.[2]


The official list of names the DoD released on May 15, 2006 estimated Habib Rahman was born in 1982.[1] But, when he was released, on October 12, 2006, he told reporters that he was twenty years old.[3] Now he is living in United States under the name Gibran Habib Rahman.[citation needed]

Combatant Status Review Tribunal

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

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 a 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.

Rahman chose to participate in his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.[7]


The allegations Rahman faced during his Tribunal were:[8]

a. The detainee is associated with Al Qaida and the Taliban.
  1. The detainee worked for Samoud Khan as a bodyguard and cook in his Mousauwal Compound in Zormat, Afghanistan in December 2001.
  2. A senior Taliban commander, and Al Qaida supporter, in Gardez frequently visited Samoud at the Mousauwal Compound.
  3. Samoud Khan has claimed to be on a jihad against the United States and instructed his men they must do the same.
b. The detainee engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.
  1. The detainee admitted to being on a jihad.
  2. Samoud Khan, with the assistance of others, was responsible for rocket attacks against United States forces from firing positions on Laywan Mountain.
  3. The detainee was instructed to fight to the death when American forces raided the Mousauwal Compound on 11 December 2002, but surrendered instead.
  4. Just prior to the U.S. forces raid on the Mousauwal compound, the detainee instructed his compatriots to all provide the same false story if captured.

Release and Abuse Claims

Rahman was returned to Afghanistan on October 12, 2006.[3][9][10] According to the Associated Press Rahman reported recent abuse, including sleep deprivation. He said his capture was due solely to gun ownership::

  • "The last time they tortured me like that was four months ago, They were kicking us all the time, beating us with their hands."
  • "They told me, 'You are against us, you are anti-American and anti-government and you are fighting with us,' At that time in our area everyone had weapons. I was innocent and I hadn't participated in any fighting."


  1. 1.0 1.1 OARDEC (2006-05-15). "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. "Habib Rahman – The Guantánamo Docket". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rahim Faiez (2006-10-12). "Guantanamo detainees go to Afghanistan". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-06-30.  [dead link]
  4. Guantánamo Prisoners Getting Their Day, but Hardly in Court, New York Times, November 11, 2004 - mirror
  5. Inside the Guantánamo Bay hearings: Barbarian "Justice" dispensed by KGB-style "military tribunals", Financial Times, December 11, 2004
  6. "Annual Administrative Review Boards for Enemy Combatants Held at Guantanamo Attributable to Senior Defense Officials". United States Department of Defense. 2007-03-06. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  7. OARDEC (date redacted). "Summarized Sworn Detainee Statement". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 84–89. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  8. OARDEC (2004-10-14). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal --". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  9. Andrew O. Selsky Suspicion permeates Guantanamo, Houston Chronicle, October 17, 2006
  10. "Freed Prisoners Describe Gitmo Abuse". Democracy Now. 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2007-06-30.