Najib Mohammad Lahassimi

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Najib Mohammad Lahassimi

Najib's Guantanamo ID portrait

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Sattat, Morocco
Other names
  • Najib Abdul
  • Najib Mohammad Lahassimi
  • Najeeb Al Husseini
  • Lahassimi Najib
  • Najib Lahssini
  • Abdul Rahman Najeb Lahassini
  • Abdul Rahman Najeb Lahassihi

Najib Mohammad Lahassimi (also transliterated as Najeb Lahassihi and Najib Lahssini) (born September 28, 1978) is a citizen of Morocco who was held for five years in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 75. Joint Task Force Guantanamo counter-terrorism analysts reported that he was born on September 28, 1978, in Sattat, Morocco.

Inconsistent identification

Najib was named inconsistently on various official documents.

  • He was identified as Najib Abdul on the official list released on June 26, 1989, and on four other official lists released on September 4, 2007.[2][3][4][5]
  • He was identified as Najib Mohammad Lahassimi on the official list released on May 15, 2006.[1]
  • Al Jazeera, quoting the Moroccan courts, names a former Guantanamo captive Najib Lahssini.[6]
  • He was identified as Najeeb Al Husseini on the official list of captives whose habeas corpus petitions should be dismissed following their transfer from US custody.[7]
  • A formerly secret assessment drafted by Joint Task Force Guantanamo, dated June 3, 2005, listed Lahassimi Najib as his "primary/reference name" and Abdul Rahman Najeb Lahassini and Abdul Rahman Najeb Lahassihi as aliases.[8]

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. 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. Summary of Evidence memos were prepared for reviews in 2004 and 2005 -- which Najib did not attend.

The recommendations his Administrative Review Board made to Gordon England, the Designated Civilian Official were among those released by the Department of Defense.[9]

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.[10][11] His five page memo was drafted on June 3, 2005.[8][12] It was signed by camp commandant Jay W. Hood, and it recommended his "Transfer to the Control of Another Country for Continued Detention".

Moroccan conviction

On November 10, 2006 Lahassimi, and two other Moroccans said to be former Guantanamo detainees, were sentenced by a Moroccan court. Lahassimi, and a Moroccan named Mohammed Ouali were sentenced to three years for falsifying documents.[6][13][14]

A third Moroccan, Mohamed Souleymani Laalami, was sentenced for a five year term, for starting a "criminal group".


  1. 1.0 1.1 "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 2006-05-15.  16x16px Works related to List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006 at Wikisource
  2. "List of prisonsers". US Department of Defense. 2005-04-20. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  3. OARDEC (July 17, 2007). "Index for Combatant Status Review Board unclassified summaries of evidence" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  4. OARDEC (July 17, 2007). "Index to Transfer and Release Decision for Guantanamo Detainees" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  5. OARDEC (August 9, 2007). "Index to Summaries of Detention-Release Factors for ARB Round One" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Rabat jails ex-Guantanamo detainees". Al Jazeera. November 11, 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  7. "Exhibit B: List Of Enemy Combatant Detainees With Pending Habeas Corpus Petitions Who Have Been Released From United States Custody" (PDF). United States Department of Justice. April 17, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Jay W. Hood (2005-06-03). "Recommendation for Transfer out of DoD Control (TRO) for Guantanamo Detainee, ISN US9MO000075DP". Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Retrieved 2012-08-12.  16x16px Media related to File:ISN 0075, Lahassimi Najib's Guantanamo detainee assessment.pdf at Wikimedia Commons
  9. OARDEC. "Classified Record of Proceedings and basis for Administrative Review Board decision for ISN 75". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 33–36. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  10. 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." 
  11. "WikiLeaks: The Guantánamo files database". The Telegraph (UK). 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  12. . [[]]. 2011-04-27. 
  13. Morocco sentences three former Guantanamo detainees, The Jurist, November 12, 2006
  14. Morocco Jails 3 Ex-Guantanamo Detainees, Associated Press, November 10, 2006