Do Ab prison

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The Do Ab prison is a prison in Panjshir, Afghanistan.[1] The International Committee of the Red Cross reported 270 captives held in the prison were released on January 3, 2002. They reported that some of the captives had been held in the prison for as long as six years.

Individuals reported to have been held in the Panjshir prison

Individuals reported to have been held in the Panjshir prison
Salim Ahmed Hamdan
  • Andy Worthington, the author of The Guantanamo Files, reported that an Afghan prison in Panjshir had been used to house ghost prisoners.[2]
  • He reported that Salim Ahmed Hamdan was held in an Afghan prison in Panjshir, where the staff at the prison “repeatedly tied him up, put a bag over his head and knocked him to the ground,” and used "hand torture" on him.
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi
Sanad al-Kazimi
Abu Yahya al-Libi
  • According to Worthington Abu Yahya al-Libi was one of four captives who made a surprising escape from the Bagram Internment Facility, who described also being held in the Panjshir prison, who identified twelve other captives held there.[3]


  1. "Afghanistan: Detainees released from Panjshir prison". International Committee of the Red Cross. 2002. Archived from the original on 2010-01-25. 
  2. Andy Worthington (2008-06-08). "A critical overview of Salim Hamdan’s Guantánamo trial and the dubious verdict". Archived from the original on 2010-01-25. "This permits coerced evidence and hearsay, if the judge considers them to be “reliable” and “probative,” and Judge Allred confirmed that Hamdan had indeed been subjected to legally dubious treatment by ruling out the use of any testimony obtained when he was held in Afghanistan after his capture, both at the US-run prison at Bagram, and, as had never previously been disclosed, at an Afghan prison in the Panjshir Valley, north of Kabul. The Panjshir prison was one of several prisons in which, as my research for The Guantánamo Files revealed, numerous “ghost prisoners” who ended up in Bagram were subjected to what one of the prison’s captives, a Libyan who escaped from Bagram in July 2005, later described as “hard torture.”" 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Andy Worthington (2009-06-18). "WORLD EXCLUSIVE: New Revelations About The Torture Of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi". Archived from the original on 2010-01-25. "Furthermore, Omar Deghayes told me that, in Guantánamo, another prisoner had spoken about being held with al-Libi in the Panjshir prison. That prisoner — who is still held — is Sanad al-Kazimi, a Yemeni seized in the United Arab Emirates in January 2003, who was then rendered to secret CIA prisons in Afghanistan — including the “Dark Prison” — where he was tortured for a year and eight months before being transferred to Guantánamo."