Zaid Binsallah Mohammed Il Bhawith

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Zaid Binsallah Mohammed Il Bhawith
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Citizenship Saudi Arabia
Detained at Guantanamo
Alternate name Ziyad bin Salih bin Muhammad Al Bahooth, Ziyad Salih Muhammad Al Bahuth
ISN 272
Charge(s) No charge (held in extrajudicial detention)
Status Repatriated

Zaid Binsallah Mohammed Il Bhawith is a citizen of Saudi Arabia, who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantánamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 272. American intelligence analysts estimate that Al Bahooth was born in 1982, in Qasim, Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed Il Bhawith was captured in Pakistan in December 2001 and was transferred to Saudi Arabia on December 28, 2007.[2]

Inconsistent identification

Zaid Binsallah Mohammed Il Bhawith was named inconsistently on different Department of Defense documents:

  • He was named Ziyad Salih Muhammad Al Bahuth on the Summary of Evidence memos prepared for his CSR Tribunals and 2005 and 2006 annual reviews, and the first official list released on April 20, 2006.[3][4]
  • He was named Zaid Binsallah Mohammed Il Bhawith on the list released on May 15, 2006.[1]

The factors for and against continuing to detain Al Bahooth were among the 121 that the Department of Defense released on March 3, 2006.[3]


Administrative Review Board hearing

Hearing room where Guantanamo captive's annual Administrative Review Board hearings convened for captives whose Combatant Status Review Tribunal had already determined they were an "enemy combatant".[5]

Detainees who were determined to have been properly classified as "enemy combatants" were scheduled to have their dossier reviewed at annual Administrative Review Board hearings. The Administrative Review Boards weren't authorized to review whether a detainee qualified for POW status, and they weren't authorized to review whether a detainee should have been classified as an "enemy combatant".

They were authorized to consider whether a detainee should continue to be detained by the United States, because they continued to pose a threat -- or whether they could safely be repatriated to the custody of their home country, or whether they could be set free.

The factors for and against continuing to detain Al Bahooth were among the 121 that the Department of Defense released on March 3 2006.[3]

The following primary factors favor continued detention

a. Commitment
  1. The detainee traveled from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Kabul, Afghanistan with 90,000 Saudi Riyals (~$24,000 USD) and claimed to do so to help the poor and needy.
  2. The detainee took a bus from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Damascus, Syria and then traveled by plane to Tehran, Iran from which he took a bus to Meshad, Afghanistan. Detainee then boarded a bus that traveled to Herat, Afghanistan and finally to Kabul, Afghanistan.
b. Training
The detainee spent one and a half months at a Taliban training center located outside Kabul, Afghanistan where he received one week of training with an AK-47 rifle.
c. Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee spent his time in Kabul with a known Taliban member.
  2. The detainee thinks the Taliban member gave the detainee weapons training in order to get him to join al Qaida.
  3. Weapons training was given to the detainee by the Taliban member in an attempt to recruit the detainee for the Taliban.
  4. One of the detainee's known aliases was on a list of captured al Qaida members that was discovered on a computer hard drive associated with a senior al Qaida member.
  5. The detainee's name was found on a floppy disk recovered from raids of a suspected al Qaida safehouse.
  6. The detainee's name appears on a computer file seized during joint raids conducted with the Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence Directorate (ISID) against al Qaida-associated safehouses in Rawalpindi in March 2003.
  7. The detainee's name was found on a computer hard drive seized from members of a suspected of a suspected al Qaida terrorist cell involved on U.S. attack on U.S Marines on Faylaka Island in October 2002.
  8. The detainee's name, nationalisty and his possession of a Saudi passport was found on a document recovered from the raid of a suspected al Qaida safehouse in Karachi, Pakistan.
  9. An al Qaida associate identified the detainee as arriving in Afghanistan in 2000 and fighting in the Omar Sa'if Center north of Kabul.
d. Other Relevant Data
The detainee was captured by the Pakistani government after crossing the border in the Nangahar Province in December 2001.

The following primary factors favor release or transfer

  • The detainee said he did not join the Taliban, al Qaida, or any relief organization.
  • The detainee said he would not sacrifice anything for Usama Bin Laden, al Qaida, the Taliban, or any relief organization.
  • The detainee said Usama Bin Laden is wrong for the terrorist acts for which he is responsible.
  • The detainee denied having any knowledge of the attacks on the United States prior to their execution on September 11th, and also denied knowledge of any rumors or plans of future attacks on the United States or United States interests.

Repatriated on December 29, 2007

A captive named "Ziyad Saleh Bahuth" was repatriated on December 29, 2007 with nine other men.[6][7]

On January 9, 2009 the Department of Defense published the records for the third set of Administrative Review Board hearings, conducted in 2007 and early 2008.[8] According to those records no review was scheduled for Al Bahooth in 2007. According to the records of the 2005 and 2006 Board hearings, those boards had not recommended his repatriation.[9][10] Al Bahooth was repatriated in spite of the Office for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants recommending his continued detention in US custody.

References

  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. http://www.dod.mil/news/May2006/d20060515%20List.pdf. Retrieved 2006-05-15. 
  2. http://projects.nytimes.com/guantanamo/detainees/272-zaid-binsallah-mohammed-il-bhawith
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 OARDEC (2005-05-19). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Al Bahooth, Salih bin Muhammad". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 38–40. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/ARB_Round_1_Factors_001046-001160.pdf#38. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  4. OARDEC (2006-04-20). "List of detainees who went through complete CSRT process". United States Department of Defense. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/detainee_list.pdf. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  5. (Spc Timothy Book (Friday March 10 2006). "Review process unprecedented". The Wire (JTF-GTMO). pp. 1. http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil/wire/WirePDF/v6/TheWire-v6-i049-10MAR2006.pdf#1. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  6. P.K. Abdul Ghafour (December 29, 2007). "10 More Return From Guantanamo". Arab News. http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=105116&d=30&m=12&y=2007&pix=kingdom.jpg&category=Kingdom. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  7. OARDEC (2008-10-09). "Consolidated chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased". Department of Defense. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/09-F-0031_doc1.pdf. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  8. "Index to Summaries of Detention-Release Factors for Administrative Review Boards (Round 3) Held at Guantanamo". United States Department of Defense. 2009-01-09. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/ARB3FactorIndex8Jan09.pdf. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  9. OARDEC (July 17, 2007). "Index to Transfer and Release Decision for Guantanamo Detainees". United States Department of Defense. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/index_transfer_release_decision_ARB_Round_1.pdf. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  10. OARDEC (August 10, 2007). Index "Index of Transfer and Release Decision for Guantanamo Detainees from ARB Round Two". United States Department of Defense. http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/detainees/csrt_arb/index_ARB_Round_2_Decision_Memos.pdf Index. Retrieved 2007-09-29.