Deleted:Zakim Shah (Guantanamo detainee 898)

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Template:Inappropriate title Zakim Shah was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 898. JTF-GTMO estimates that he was born in 1983, in Tora Oba, Afghanistan.


The New York Times reports that Zakim Shah was a married father of two who farmed near Khost, Afghanistan.[2][3] He was captured on December 1, 2002, the same day as taxi driver Dilawar, and his passengers, Abdur Rahim and two other men who have not been identified.

Bagram detention

Like Dilawar, Abdur Rahim, and Dilawar's other two passengers, Zakim Shah was sent to the Bagram Theater detention facility.[2] Unlike Dilawar Zakim Shah and Abdur Rahim survived their stay in Bagram.

Zakim Shah told the New York Times he was kept ten days in an isolation cell. He said:

""The Americans tied our hands very tight, spit in our faces and threw stones at us."

During an interview with the New York Times Zakim Shah described female guards sexually humiliating himself and other captives.[4]

Guantanamo detention

In late December Zakim Shah and Abdur Rahim were transferred to Guantanamo. Zakim Shah told the New York Times:

"In Cuba, they gave us just short underwear. We told them we can't pray in this. In Cuba, they just have 10 Arabs they arrested in the fight. All the others are innocent and were sold [by Afghan bounty hunters]."

Repatriation and release

Zakim Shah, Abdur Rahim were transferred to Pakistani custody on March 15, 2004. He told the New York Times:

"In Cuba, when they were releasing me, they said not to tell people. We don't want to say anything bad about the Americans. They took all the [fingerprints]."

Medical records

On March 16, 2007 the Department of Defense published records of the captives' height and weights.[5]


  1. list of prisoners (.pdf), US Department of Defense, May 15, 2006
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Guantánamo Memories, From Outside the Wire". New York Times. June 21, 2004. Retrieved 2007-07-20.  [dead link]
  3. Carlotta Gall, David Rohde, Eric Schmitt (2004-09-17). "THE REACH OF WAR: THE PRISONS; Afghan Abuse Charges Raise New Questions on Authority". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2010-11-06. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  4. Kate Zernike, David Rohde (2004-06-08). "Forced Nudity of Iraqi Prisoners Is Seen as a Pervasive Pattern, Not Isolated Incidents". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-28. "Zakim Shah, a 20-year-old farmer, and Parkhudin, a 26-year-old farmer and former soldier who, like many Afghans, has only one name, said female soldiers had watched groups of male prisoners take showers at Bagram and undergo rectal exams. 'We don't know if it's medical or if they were very proud of themselves,' Mr. Shah said. 'But if it was medical, why were they taking our clothes off in front of the women? We are Afghans, not Americans.'" 
  5. JTF-GTMO (2007-03-16). "Measurements of Heights and Weights of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba". Department of Defense. Retrieved 2008-12-22.  mirror

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