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Khalid Sulayman Jaydh Al Hubayshi
Born 1975 (age 48–49)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Other names Khalid Sulaymanjaydh Al Hubayshi

Khalid Sulaymanjaydh Al Hubayshi is a citizen of Saudi Arabia who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 155. Joint Task Force Guantanamo counter-terrorism analysts estimate he was born in 1975, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

According to the Washington Post he was released from Guantanamo, in 2006.[2] According to the Department of Defense he was repatriated to Saudi custody on July 19, 2005.[3] According to a Human Rights Watch report a Saudi named Khalid al-'Uaizi, and two other Saudis, were repatriated, from extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, to Saudi custody on July 20, 2005.[4][5][6] Human Rights Watch reported that, as of May 26, 2006 he remained held, without charge, in Riyadh's al-Ha'ir prison.

Combatant Status Review Tribunal

Combatant Status Review Tribunals were held in a 3 by 5 meter trailer where the captive sat with his hands and feet shackled to a bolt in the floor.[7][8] Three chairs were reserved for members of the press, but only 37 of the 574 Tribunals were observed.[9]

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 Khalid Sulayman Jaydh Al Hubayshi's Combatant Status Review Tribunal, on 24 September 2004.[10] The memo listed the following allegations against him:

a. The detainee is associated with al Qaida and the Taliban:
  1. The detainee traveled to the Philippines toward the end of 1996 or the beginning of 1997 to train for Jihad at Camp Vietnam.
  2. The detainee received advanced weapons training in the operation of the M-16 machine gun and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) while at the camp.
  3. The detainee traveled to Afghanistan in 1997 and trained at the Kaldan Camp.
  4. The detainee attended 3 courses at the Kaldan Camp; The Basic, The Gunnery and the Tactics course.
  5. The detainee's Basic Course consisted of training on the AK-47 Kalishnikov 7.62mm assault rifle, the Seminov SKS/Type-56 7.62mm semiautomatic rifle, the RPD 7.62 light machine gun, the PK 7.62mm medium machine gun, the Dushka DShk-38 12.7mm heavy machine gun, the RPG-7 (Anti-tank Rocket Propelled Grenade), and the Grenov (RPG-18).
  6. The detainee's Gunnery Course consisted of learning how to fire the Soviet built 82mm mortar, the U.S. built 75mm recoilless rifle, Soviet built 72mm recoilless rifle, the BM-12 ground mounted Katushya rocket launcher, and the Soviet built AGS-17 30mm automatic grenade launcher.
  7. The detainee's Tactics Course consisted of learning camouflage, map reading, urban warfare, and small unit tactics.
  8. In July 2001, the detainee traveled to Afghanistan and trained at a camp outside of Jalalabad. At the camp he received training in grenades, the pistol, RPG, Kalishnikov, Seminov, sniper training and mine removal.
  9. The detainee stayed at an al Qaida guesthouse in Kandahar, Afghanistan.


Khalid Sulaymanjaydh Al Hubayshi chose to participate in his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.[11]

Administrative Review Board

Starting in 2005 every captive remaining in Guantanamo had an Administrative Review Board convene to make a recommendation as to whether it made sense to hold them in detention. In September 2007 the Department of Defense released the Summary of Evidence memos prepared for the Boards that convened in 2005 and 2006.[12][13] No records were released showing that a Board convened to make a recommendation about Khalid Sulayman Jaydh Al Hubayshi's continued detention.


Khalid was repatriated on July 20, 2005 with two other Saudi captives.[4][5] The two other men were Salih al-Awshan and Mishal Awad Sayaf Alhabri. According to a Human Rights Watch report, as of May 26, 2006 the three remained held, without charge, in Riyadh's al-Ha'ir prison.

Khalid was widely interviewed after being repatriated, and graduating from the Saudi rehabilitation program.[14][15][16][17][18][19]

Al Hubayshi is offered as a success case of the rehabilitation program, who met the Minister of Interior Affairs three times.[14][15] According to Al Hubayshi the Minister said, “Okay you made a mistake ... maybe following the wrong fatwa, being zealous. You are young, and you have been used. We will give you another chance. Are you going to take the chance or be stupid and miss that chance?”

On November 20, 2008, when Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, Al Hubayshi was quoted to offer an explanation as to why Ayman Al Zawahiri used racially loaded language to characterize the President-elect.[20] According to the Christian Science Monitor Zawahiri compared Obama to Malcolm X, and asserted that Obama, Colin Powell, and Condalleeza Rice were the kind of black Americans that Malcolm X would have called "house negroes". The Christian Science Monitor quoted Al Hubayshi explaining that Muslims had hopes that Obama's election would be good for the USA's relationship with the Muslim world, and that this forced Al Zawahiri to try to come up with a criticism.

Khalid Al Hubayshi's Washington Post profile

Khalid Al Hubayshi was the subject of an article in the Washington Post on March 24, 2008.[2] In the article Al Hubayshi describes receiving training in Afghanistan, living within a broad jihadist community, within Afghanistan, helping to train fighters planning to travel to Chechnya, and an attempt by Osama bin Laden to recruit him to Al Qaeda. He described his long held reservations about al Qaeda. He described declining to be recruited into al Qaeda. He said that after the Al Qaeda's attacks on the USA on September 11, 2001, and the subsequent American counter-strike on Afghanistan soon afterwards, Afghans blamed all Arabs for the counter-attacks. He ended up fleeing Jalalabad, and ending up digging in, in the Tora Bora region. He described Osama bin Laden's sudden retreat from Tora Bora as a cowardly betrayal. He asserted that the attacks on September 11, 2001 were a mistake, because they had targeted civilians. Al Hubayshi is described as a former Guantanamo captive who has re-integrated into the mainstream of Saudi society.

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". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Faiza Saleh Ambah (2008-03-24). "Out of Guantanamo and Bitter Toward Bin Laden". Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-12-18. "Khalid al-Hubayshi, who interviewed for a job with Osama bin Laden in the summer of 2001, now works as a controller at a Saudi utilities firm. He says of bin Laden, "There was no dignity in what he made us do.""  mirror
  3. OARDEC (2008-10-09). "Consolidated chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased". Department of Defense. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Saudi Arabia: Guantanamo Detainees Return to Limbo". May 31, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Anant Raut, Jill M. Friedman (March 19, 2007). "The Saudi Repatriates Report" (PDF). Retrieved May 23, 2007. 
  6. "Guantanamo Detainees Return to Legal Limbo". Cageprisoners. 2007-05-27. Archived from the original on 2011-02-22. 
  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. "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. 
  10. OARDEC (24 September 2004). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal - Al Hubayshi, Khalid Sulayman Jaydh". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 56–57. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  11. OARDEC. "Summarized Sworn Detainee Statement". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 65–78. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  12. OARDEC (August 9, 2007). "Index to Summaries of Detention-Release Factors for ARB Round One". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  13. OARDEC (July 17, 2007). "Index of Summaries of Detention-Release Factors for ARB Round Two". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 Caryle Murphy (2010-09-11). "In Saudi Arabia, re-educating terrorists held at Gitmo". Global Post. Archived from the original on 2011-02-23. "Khalid Al Hubayshi, one of the first Saudis released from Guantanamo, said that he and his family were taken to the home of Prince Muhammad. There, he recalled, the prince told him and two other former Guantanamo inmates: “You are our people and we trust you ... and we hope you learn from the past. We are going to take care of you. You are going to get married. We are going to get you back to your jobs. Don’t worry about anything.”" 
  15. 15.0 15.1 Sonia Verma (2008-09-11). "Terrorists 'cured' with cash, cars and counselling". Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on "Mr. Al Hubayshi, now 33, is one of the first graduates of a controversial Saudi program designed to rehabilitate hard-core militants who have begun to trickle back home after serving time in U.S. detention." 
  16. Faiza Saleh Ambah (2008-03-25). "From terror camps to day job; Saudi man fought with terrorists but now supports the political process". Hamilton Spectator.,+2008&author=Faiza+Saleh+Ambah&pub=The+Spectator&desc=From+terror+camps+to+day+job;+Saudi+man+fought+with+terrorists+but+now+supports+the+political+process&pqatl=google. "U.S. government documents and interviews with Hubayshi, now living in Saudi Arabia and working at a utilities company, provide a rare look into the mind of a man who trained for religious warfare, never fought in combat and now says he believes in the political process. But "if the government had not helped me marry and get my job back," he said, "I might be in Iraq now."" 
  17. Carlyle Murphy (2008-08-21). "Saudis use cash and counseling to fight terrorism". Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on 2011-02-23. "The young Saudi's break with militant jihadi ideology was not as swift. It started in Guantánamo, but ripened only after he returned home in 2005 to an unexpected reception. Mr. Hubayshi was treated to a mix of forgiveness, theological reeducation, psychological counseling, prison time, and cash." 
  18. Andy Worthington (2008-04-28). ""They All Knew He Was Crazy": The Strange Case of Gitmo Prisoner Abu Zubaydah". Alternet. Archived from the original on 2011-02-23. "He explained that, while attempting to return home in 1999, he had been arrested and imprisoned by the Pakistanis, who confiscated his passport, and that he had then returned to his job at a utilities company in Saudi Arabia on a false passport. His return to Afghanistan in 2001 came about when he discovered that he was wanted for questioning by the Saudi authorities, and it was at the camp near Jalalabad, where he "adept at making remote-controlled explosive devices triggered by cellphones and light switches," that he attracted the attention of al-Qaeda." 
  19. Caryle Murphy (2008-08-26). "A creative release for militant minds". The National. Archived from the original on 2011-02-23. "They also have individual sessions with Islamic religious scholars. "A religious adviser … speaks with you, and asks you what you believe and they discuss with you on what basis you believe in that, and they try to change your mind by convincing," says Khalid al Hubayshi, who was released from Guantanamo in 2005. "It's helped so many guys in the prison, they like it." Prisoners can request a sheikh to talk with, and request a different one if they do not like the one they are first assigned, Mr Hubayshi says." 
  20. Caryle Murphy (2008-11-20). "Al Qaeda No. 2 insults Obama with racial slur in new video". Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on 2011-02-23. "Khalid al-Hubayshi, a former jihadi fighter in Afghanistan who spent three years at Guantánamo, said Zawahiri no doubt felt compelled to comment on Obama's election because it was such an important event in the US." 

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