Deleted:Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay

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The United States were holding a total of 112 Yemeni citizen at Guantanamo Bay.[1]

By January 2008 the Yemenis in Guantanamo represented the largest group of detainees.[2] On March 12, 2008 Mark Falkoff of the Center for Constitutional Rights issued a call for the repatriation of the Yemeni detainees, reporting that 95 Yemenis remained in detention, and they now constituted more than a third of the detainee population.[3] Falkoff wrote that the delay in his release is due to a failure of the USA and Yemeni governments to reach an agreement on the security arrangements for the detainees, following their repatriation. By contrast, almost all the 133 Saudi detainees in Guantanamo had been sent home in 2006 and 2007.

A delegation of Yemeni officials visited Guantanamo shortly after it opened in January 2002.[4]

Impact of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's alleged attempted suicide bombing

On December 25, 2009, Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to set off a suicide bomb on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. By December 27, 2009, responding to rumors that Abdulmutallab had confessed to being trained and equipped in Yemen, various American politicians, including Joe Lieberman, Pete Hoekstra, Peter T. King and Bennie Thompson, called for American President Barack Obama to halt plans to repatriate the Yemenis.[5][6][7][8][9]

Repatriated detainees

Several returned Yemeni detainees were charged and stood trial, following their repatriation.[10] Yemen established a special Criminal Court for Terrorism where their trials took place.[11][12][13][14]

On June 7, 2008 the Yemeni site Al Sahwa Net reported that negotiations were advanced for the repatration of approximately seventy Yemeni detainees.[15]

On June 7, 2008 Yemen Online reported that several Yemeni detainees had recently been allowed to their first phone calls to their families.[16] The article also reported that "informed sources" said Stephan Seche, the American ambassador had returned to the USA to brief the Bush Presidency on Yemen's rehabilitation program for repatriated detainees.

Secret terms in the US-Yemeni repatriation negotiations

An article published in the Yemen Post on November 13, 2012, reported on secret terms in the US-Yemeni repatriation negotiations.[17]

Yemen recently had a change in administration. Officials of the new administration said, "Saleh demanded $200 million in return for receiving the Yemeni detainees, but the US offered him only $20 million. The two sides could not reach an agreement to release the detainees by then."

List of Yemeni detainees in Guantanamo

isn name arrival
26 Fahed Abdullah Ahmad Ghazi
27 Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman 2002-12-11
28 Muaz Hamza Ahmad Al Alawi 2002-01-17
29 Muhammad Ahmad Abdallah Al Ansi 2002-01-16
30 Ahmed Umar Abdullah al Hikimi 2002-01-16
31 Mahmoud Abd Al Aziz Abd Al Mujahid 2002-01-12
32 Faruq Ali Ahmed 2002-01-11 2009-12-19
33 Mohammed Ahmad Said Al Edah 2002-01-17
34 Al Khadr Abdallah Muhammed Al Yafi 2002-01-17
35 Idris Ahmed Abdu Qader Idris 2002-06-08
36 Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris 2002-01-11 2013-12-18
37 Abd al Malik Abd al Wahab 2002-01-11
39 Ali Hamza Ahmed Suleiman Al Bahlul 2002-01-11
40 Abdel Qadir Hussein Al Mudhaffari 2002-01-14
41 Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad 2002-01-17
43 Samir Naji Al Hasan Moqbel 2002-01-11
44 Mohammed Rajab Sadiq Abu Ghanim 2002-01-11
45 Ali Ahmad Muhammad Al Rahizi 2002-01-11
69 Sadeq Muhammad Sa'id Ismail 2007-06-18
78 Mohammad Ahmed Abdullah Saleh Al Hanashi 2002-02-08 2009-06-01
  • Died in custody
88 Waqas Mohammed Ali Awad 2002-01-20
91 Abdul Al Saleh 2002-02-09
115 Abdul Rahman Mohamed Saleh Naser 2002-06-12
117 Muktar Yahya Najee Al Warafi 2002-05-01
128 Ghaleb Nassar Al Bihani 2002-01-17
129 Toufiq Saber Muhammad Al Marwa'i 2002-06-12 2006-12-15
131 Salem Ahmed Hadi 2002-01-20
149 Salim Ahmed Hamdan 2002-05-01 2008-11-25
152 Asim Thahit Abdullah Al Khalaqi 2002-01-17
153 Fayiz Ahmad Yahia Suleiman 2002-01-17
156 Allal Ab Aljallil Abd Al Rahman Abd 2002-01-17 2012-09-10
162 Ali Husayn Abdullah Al Tays 2002-02-09 2006-12-15
163 Khalid Abd Jal Jabbar Muhammad Juthman Al Qadasi 2002-02-09
165 Adil Said Al Haj Obeid Al Busayss 2002-01-17
167 Ali Yahya Mahdi Al Raimi 2002-05-01
170 Sharaf Ahmad Muhammad Masud 2002-06-08
171 Abu Bakr Ibn Ali Muhhammad Alahdal 2002-01-14
172 Ali Muhammed Nasir 2002-01-14 2007-09-28
178 Tarek Ali Abdullah Ahmed Baada 2002-02-09
183 Issam Hamid Al Bin Ali Al Jayfi 2002-01-17 2006-12-15
193 Muhsin Muhammad Musheen Moqbill 2002-05-03 2006-12-15
198 Mohammed Ahmed Ali Al Asadi 2002-05-01 2006-12-15
202 Mahmmoud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef 2002-02-07
204 Said Ibrahim Ramzi Al Zahrani 2002-01-20 2007-07-15
205 Nasser Najiri Amtiri 2002-02-07 2005-01-16
221 Ali Mohsen Salih 2002-02-11 2007-06-18
223 Abdul Rahman Abdul Abu Ghiyth Sulayman 2002-02-11
224 Abd Al Rahman Abdullah Ali Muhammad 2002-02-09
225 Hani Abdul Muslih Al Shulan 2002-02-09 2007-06-18
233 Abdul Al Razzaq Muhammad Salih 2002-02-11
235 Saeed Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah Sarem Jarabh 2002-02-11
242 Khaled Qasim 2002-05-01
249 Mohammed Abdullah Al Hamiri
251 Muhhammad Said Bin Salem 2002-02-07
252 Yasim Muhammed Basardah 2002-02-12 2010-05-04
254 Muhammad Ali Hussein Khenaina 2002-06-08
255 Said Muhammed Salih Hatim 2002-06-12
256 Atag Ali Abdoh Al-Haj 2002-06-12 2009-12-19
259 Fadil Husayn Salih Hintif 2002-02-09
321 Ahmed Yaslam Said Kuman 2002-05-03
324 Mashur Abdallah Muqbil Ahmed Al Sabri 2002-05-01
434 Mustafa Abdul Qawi Abdul Aziz Al Shamyri 2002-06-12
440 Mohammed Ali Abdullah Bwazir 2002-05-01
441 Abdul Al Rahman Al Zahri 2002-02-09
461 Abdul Rahman Umir Al Qyati 2002-05-03
498 Mohammed Ahmed Said Haidel 2002-05-03
503 Saleh Mohamed Al Zuba 2002-06-08 2006-12-15
506 Khalid Mohammed Salih Al Dhuby 2002-05-05
508 Salman Yahya Hassan Mohammed Rabeii 2002-05-01
509 Mohammed Nasir Yahya Khusruf 2002-05-03
511 Sulaiman Awath Sulaiman Bin Ageel Al Nahdi 2002-05-05
522 Yasin Qasem Muhammad Ismail 2002-05-01
549 Omar Said Salim Al Dayi 2002-02-15
554 Fahmi Salem Said Al Sani 2002-02-15
564 Jalal Salam Bin Amer 2002-06-14
569 Zuhail Abdo Anam Said Al Sharabi 2002-05-05
570 Sabri Mohammed Ebrahim Al Qurashi 2002-05-05
574 Hamoud Abdullah Hamoud Hassan Al Wady 2002-06-08 2013-12-16
575 Saad Masir Mukbl Al Azani 2002-06-18
576 Zahar Omar Hamis Bin Hamdoun 2002-05-05
577 Jamal Muhammad Alawi Mar'i 2002-05-01 2009-12-19
578 Abdul Aziz Abdullah Ali Al Suadi 2002-05-03
586 Karam Khamis Sayd Khamsan 2002-05-01 2005-08-19
627 Ayman Saeed Abdullah Batarfi 2002-05-01 2009-12-19
678 Fawaz Naman Hamoud Abdallah Mahdi 2002-06-18 2007-06-18
679 Mohmmad Ahmad Ali Tahar 2002-06-14 2009-12-19
680 Emad Abdalla Hassan 2002-06-18
681 Mohammed Mohammed Hassen 2002-06-18 2010-07-13
683 Fayad Yahya Ahmed 2002-06-18 2009-12-19
686 Abdel Ghalib Ahmad Hakim 2002-06-18
688 Fahmi Abdullah Ahmed 2002-06-18
689 Mohammed Ahmed Salam 2002-06-18
690 Ahmed Abdul Qader 2002-06-18
691 Mohammed Ali Salem Al Zarnuki 2002-06-18
692 Ali Bin Ali Aleh 2002-06-18 2009-09-26
693 Ali Abdullah Ahmed 2002-06-18 2006-06-10
  • Died in custody
728 Jamil Ahmed Said Nassir 2002-08-05
836 Ayoub Murshid Ali Saleh 2002-10-28
837 Bashir Nashir Al-Marwalah 2002-10-28
838 Shawki Awad Balzuhair 2002-10-28
839 Musab Omar Ali Al Mudwani 2002-10-28
840 Ha Il Aziz Ahmed Al Maythali 2002-10-28
841 Sa id Salih Sa id Nashir 2002-10-28
1014 Walid Mohammed Shahir 2003-05-09 2004-03-31
1015 Hussein Salem Mohammed 2003-05-09
1017 Omar Mohammed Ali Al Rammah 2003-05-09
1453 Sanad Ali Yislam Al-Kazimi 2004-09-20
1456 Hassan Mohammed Ali Bin Attash 2004-09-20
1457 Al Hajj Abdu Ali Sharqawi 2004-09-20
1463 Abdul Al Salam Al Hilal 2004-09-20
10013 Ramzi bin al-Shibh 2006-09-05
10014 Walid bin 'Attash 2006-09-05

See also


  1. "Citizenship - The Guantánamo Docket". The New York Times. 
  2. Michael Melia (January 11, 2008). "Yemenis now biggest group at Guantanamo". San Jose Mercury. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  3. Mark Falkoff (March 12, 2008). "Guantánamo Attorneys Say Detainees Will Not Be Tortured If Returned to Yemen". Center for Constitutional Rights. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  4. "Yemen to Inspect Condition of 21 Yemeni Detainees at Guantanamo". Yemen Times. 3 February 2002. Retrieved 2008-05-05.  [dead link]
  5. "Following Path of Least Resistance, Terrorists Turn Yemen Into Poor Man's Afghanistan". Fox News. 2009-12-27. Archived from the original on 2009-12-27. "'They should stay there. They should not go back to Yemen,' Hoekstra said. 'If they go back to Yemen, we will very soon find them back on the battlefield going after Americans and other western interests.'" 
  6. Sudeep Reddy (2009-12-27). "Lawmakers Focus on Yemen in Wake of Attempted Bombing". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2009-12-27. "The 23-year-old suspect in the botched attack, Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab of Nigeria, allegedly told U.S. officials that he received his explosive device in Yemen and learned to use it there." 
  7. "Lieberman: The United States Must Pre-Emptively Act In Yemen". Huffington Post. 2009-12-27. Archived from the original on 2009-12-27. "In his appearance on 'Fox News Sunday', Lieberman also argued that the botched attack should compel the Obama administration to abandon efforts to transfer suspected-terrorists out of the holding facility at Guantanamo Bay, saying that the complex is now well above international standards." 
  8. "Gitmo transfer to Yemen in doubt". United Press International. 2009-12-27. Archived from the original on 2009-12-27. "'I'd, at a minimum, say that whatever we were about to do we'd at least have to scrub (those plans) again from top to bottom,' said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss." 
  9. Josh Gerstein (2009-12-27). "Bomb plot complicates Gitmo plan". Politico. Archived from the original on 2009-12-28. "'Yesterday just highlights the fact that sending this many people back—or any people back—to Yemen right now is a really bad idea,' said Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. 'It's just dumb….If you made a list of what the three dumbest countries would be to send people back to, Yemen would be on all the lists.'" 
  10. "Yemen to try fighters coming from Iraq, ex-Guantanamo prisoners". Kuwaiti News Agency. January 26, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-09.  [dead link]
  11. Mohammed Al-Qadhi (June 21, 2004). "Advocates quit again: Court bans publishing hearings of 15 al-Qaeda suspects' tribunal, military trial proceedings claimed". Yemen Times. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  12. "Gitmo stalemate for Yemeni detainees: Home country refuses to lock them up; detention center enters 7th year". MSNBC. January 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  13. Kathy Gannon (July 4, 2007). "Yemen Employs New Terror Approach". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-05-05. "There are more men from Yemen held at Guantanamo Bay than from any other country." 
  14. Andrew Mc Gregor (May 10, 2007). "Yemen and the U.S.: Different Approaches to the War on Terrorism". 5. Global Terrorism Analysis. Archived from the original on 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  15. "U.S. intends to hand over 70 Yemeni Guantanamo detainees". Al Sahwa Net. June 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  16. "Yemen plans rehabilitation program for Guantanamo returnees". Yemen Online. June 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  17. "Yemen refuses extraditing Guantanamo detainees to third state". Yemen Post. 2012-11-13. Archived from the original on 2012-11-13. ""Saleh demanded $200 million in return for receiving the Yemeni detainees, but the US offered him only $20 million. The two sides could not reach an agreement to release the detainees by then," the US officials told Hadi." 

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