Lufti Al-Arabi Al-Gharisi

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Lutfi al-Arabi al-Gharisi
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Known for held in at least four of the USA's secret torture prisons

Lutfi al-Arabi al-Gharisi is a citizen of Tunisia held in extrajudicial detention by the United States.[1][2]

On January 15, 2010, the Department of Defense complied with a court order and published a heavily redacted list of Captives held in the Bagram Theater Internment Facility.[1] There were 645 names on the list, which was dated September 22, 2009. One of the names was Lutfi al-Arabi al-Gharisi.

Historian Andy Worthington, author of the The Guantanamo Files, speculated that Lutfi al-Arabi al-Gharisi may have been a Tunisian, identified by human rights groups as a ghost prisoner.[2] If so he was captured in late 2002 in Peshawar, Pakistan. Worthington reported this individual was held in the CIA's "dark prison", and several other CIA black sites. Worthington speculated that he might also have been a Tunisian captive identified by Marwan Jabour, named "Hudeifa".[3]

Named by the Senate Intelligence Committee as having been tortured without authorization

On December 9, 2014, the United States Senate Intelligence Committee published the 600 page unclassified summary of a 6,000 page report on the CIA's use of torture.[4] While some of the CIA's captives were identified as only been subjected to torture that had been authorized from Washington, other captives, like Al-Gharisi, were identified as having been tortured by CIA officials who did not have authorization. According to the Intelligence Committee, Al-Gharisi was "Underwent at least two 48-hour sessions of sleep deprivation in October 2002."


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Bagram detainees". Department of Defense. 2009-09-22. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Andy Worthington (2010-01-19). "Dark Revelations in the Bagram Prisoner List". truthout. Archived from the original on 2010-01-25. "Lutfi al-Arabi al-Gharisi may be Abou Hudeifa, a Tunisian identified as a 'ghost prisoner' in 'Off the Record,' a report by various human rights groups that was published in June 2007. Al-Libi identified him as Abou Houdayfa, but noted that his real name was Lotfi. Captured in Peshawar, Pakistan, at the end of 2002, he was reportedly held in several CIA prisons in Afghanistan, including the 'Dark Prison,' before being moved to Bagram." 
  3. Andy Worthington (2010-01-26). "Bagram: The First Ever Prisoner List (The Annotated Version)". Archived from the original on 2010-01-27. "It’s also probable that he is “Hudeifa,” a Tunisian prisoner mentioned by Marwan Jabour, who was also held in several secret prisons, but was released in 2006. He later told his story to Human Rights Watch, who published it as a report, “Ghost Prisoner,” in February 2007." 
  4. Emma Roller, Rebecca Nelson (2014-12-10). "What CIA Interrogators Did To 17 Detainees Without Approval". National Journal. Archived from the original on 2014-12-11. Retrieved 2014-12-10. "Treatment received: "Underwent at least two 48-hour sessions of sleep deprivation in October 2002."