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Mani Shaman Turki al-Habardi Al-Utaybi

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Other names Mana Shaman Allabardi al Tabi

Mani Shaman Turki al-Habardi Al-Utaybi (May 16, 1981 – June 10, 2006) was a citizen of Saudi Arabia, who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1][2] The Department of Defense estimates he was born in 1976, in Al Qarara, Saudi Arabia.

Traveling disguised in a burqa, Al-Utaybi had been arrested with four other men at a Pakistani checkpoint.[3]

Al-Utaybi died in custody on June 10, 2006.[4]

Death in custody

On June 10, 2006 the Department of Defense reported that three Guantanamo detainees, two Saudis, and one Yemeni committed suicide.[5] DoD spokesmen refrained from releasing the dead men's identities.

On June 11, 2006 Saudi authorities released the names of the two Saudi men.[1] Some reports identified one of the dead Saudis as Maniy bin Shaman al-Otaibi. Other reports identified that man as Mani bin Shaman bin Turki al Habradi.[6]

On 18 January 2010, Scott Horton of Harper’s Magazine published a story denouncing al-Salami's, Al-Utaybi' and Al-Zahrani's deaths as accidental manslaughter during a torture session, and the official account as a cover-up. [7]

A report, Death in Camp Delta, was published by the Center for Policy & Research of Seton Hall University School of Law, under the supervision of its director, Professor Mark Denbeaux, denouncing numerous inconsistencies in the official accounts of these deaths.[8][9]

The Washington Post reported that Al Utaybi had been recommended for transfer to another country. [10][11] The DoD did not state to which country he would have been transferred. But they said he would have been held in detention there.

The Washington Post reported: "Lieutenant Commander. Robert Durand, a spokesman for the Guantanamo detention center, said he did not know whether al-Utaybi had been informed about the transfer recommendation before he killed himself."[10]

On June 13, 2006 various sources quoted human rights lawyer Mark Denbeaux, one of the principal authors of the first Denbeaux study, saying Al Utaybi had not been informed he had been recommended for transfer.[12]

Legal representation

The DoD had initially informed the press that none of the three men who killed themselves had legal representation, or had filed habeas applications. [13] Jeff Davis, one of the lawyers who volunteered to be part of Al Utaybi's legal team, said their efforts had been "thwarted at every turn".

Davis said the legal team had filed a writ of habeas corpus on Al Utaybi's behalf in September 2005.[13] He said that the DoD claimed their write was invalid because they had spelled his name wrong. He said that the DoD had thrown up roadblocks in granting them the security clearances necessary to visit Al Utaybi, so they had never visited him. Davis said that the DoD would not deliver their mail to Al Utaybi.

On March 27, 2005 Lieutenant Wade M. Brown submitted an affidavit that stated that[14]:
"Detainees cannot lose mail privileges for any reason, including as part of disciplinary action or interrogation."

Missing organs

The Department of Defense returned the dead men's bodies in mid-June, after al-Utaybi's family openly questioned the claims he'd committed suicide and requested his body for a second autopsy.[15] Utaybi's family reported that the Saudi post-mortem had found that the DoD had retained his brain, heart, liver and kidneys.[16]

NCIS Report

On August 23, 2008 Josh White writing in the Washington Post reported the paper had received 3,000 pages of documents arising from the NCIS investigation through Freedom of Information Act requests.[4] He reported that the NCIS report attributed the deaths to lapses on the part of the guards, and to a policy of leniency for the compliant captives.

The report said the deaths were in Camp 1, which has now been closed, a camp for compliant captives, and that the men's bodies were masked by laundry they were allowed to hang up to dry.[4]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Riydadh names Guantanamo suicide victims, wants bodies, Daily News & Analysis, June 11, 2006
  2. Sergeant Sara Wood (June 12, 2006). "DoD Identifies Guantanamo Detainee Suicides". American Forces Press Service. 
  3. Savage, Charlie, As Acts of War or Despair, Suicides Rattle a Prison, The New York Times, April 24, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Josh White (2008-08-23). "Guards' Lapses Cited in Detainee Suicides: Probe Also Faults Lenient Policies At Guantanamo". Washington Post. p. A01. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  5. Three Guantanamo detainees die in suicides, Reuters, June 10, 2006
  6. Saudis allege torture in Guantanamo deaths, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 11, 2006
  7. "The Guantánamo "Suicides": A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle". Harper’s Magazine. 18 January 2010. 
  8. Seton Hall Law releases latest GTMO report, Death in Camp Delta
  9. Death in Camp Delta
  10. 10.0 10.1 DOD Identifies 3 Guantanamo Suicides, Washington Post, June 11, 2006
  11. Guantanamo inmate was to be moved, Al Jazeera, June 12, 2006
  12. Guantanamo inmate killed himself 'unaware he was due to be freed', The Scotsman, June 13, 2006
  13. 13.0 13.1 Lawyers say defense of Guantanamo suicide victim was thwarted, Mainichi Daily News, June 13, 2006
  14. Wade M. Brown (March 25, 2005). "Declaration of 1LT Wade M. Brown". Joint Task Force Guantanamo. pp. pages 77–78. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  15. Family of Guantanamo Inmate Doubts Suicide -
  16. Vital organs missing from repatriated body: family, Gulf News, June 21, 2006

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