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Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Abu Ghanim, Mohammed Rajab Sadiq (2005-10-25)

UNCLASSIFIED

Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants

at US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

25 October 2005
To: Abu Ghanim, Mohammed Rajab Sadiq
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Abu Ghanim, Mohammed Rajab Sadiq


1.

An Administrative Review Board will be convened to review your case to determine if your continued detention is necessary.

2.

The Administrative Review Board will conduct a comprehensive review of all reasonably available and relevant information regarding your case. At the conclusion of this review the Board will make a recommendation to: (1) release you to your home state or to a third state; (2) transfer you to your home state, or a third state, with conditions agreed upon by the United States and your home state, or the third state; or (3) continue your detention under United States control.

3.

The following primary factors favor continued detention:

a. Commitment
  1. The detainee traveled to Bosnia in 1994 for the purpose of joining the jihad.
  2. The detainee stated he traveled to Afghanistan to fight with the Taliban.
  3. The detainee stated that it does not matter whether one is Taliban member or not, it was perfectly acceptable to travel to Afghanistan to join jihad.
  4. The detainee was asked if he had sworn allegiance to anyone while in Afghanistan. He claimed he did not, but did state he would fight with his life.
  5. The detainee said he used his true name passport to travel from Yemen to Bosnia. He traveled from Sanaa, Yemen, to Damascus, Syria and continued to Istanbul, Turkey.
  6. While in Turkey, the detainee obtained a visa for travel to Bosnia from the Croatian Embassy. From Istanbul, the detainee traveled to Ankara. Once in Ankara, the detainee claimed that an individual, who supposedly facilitated the detainee's travel to Bosnia via Zagreb, Croatia, met him.
  7. The detainee went to Katibat al-Mujahidin, Mujahidin Battalion Headquarters in Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Once at Zenica, the detainee said he turned over all his personal belongings to an individual who was in charge of the guesthouse.
  8. The detainee stated he traveled from Yemen to Afghanistan, leaving Yemen approximately six months prior to Ramadan, 2001. The detainee traveled from Sanaa to Karachi to Afghanistan.
  9. The detainee claimed he wanted to go to Afghanistan because it was an Islamic state.
  10. The detainee later claimed he traveled from Sana'a, Yemen, to Kabul, Afghanistan, via Karachi and Quetta, proceeding directly to the front lines north of Kabul, where he spent just under a year.
  11. The detainee claimed his job was just to attack anyone who attacked him. He never visited Kabul, and never left the front lines.
  12. When the detainee arrived into Afghanistan he joined the Mujahidin fighters and fought against Dostum's Forces in the north.
  13. The detainee was at the Duserag frontline six to seven months.
  14. The detainee fought at Duserag, against the Northern Alliance. The detainee then left and traveled to Garabal.
b. Training
  1. The detainee stated that he did not need any additional training before heading to the frontline because of his participation in Bosnia.
  2. The detainee stated he received his weapon upon arrival at the frontlines .
  3. The detainee about one month training in Bosnia and spent eleven months fighting.
  4. From the guesthouse in Zenica, the detainee claimed he went to a training camp possibly in Mehrez.
  5. The detainee was trained on handling AK-47's and Rocket Propelled Grenade launchers.
  6. The detainee claims that he has never heard of any training camp anywhere in Afghanistan. He claimed to receive his weapons training in Bosnia and so had no need to attend another in Afghanistan.
  7. The detainee joined the Yemeni Civil War fight at the age of 19. He claimed he received basic training from the Yemeni Army. The detainee trained in Kalashnikovs and basic combat skills. The detainee fought in the Yemeni Civil War for two years, fighting in the northern part of Yemen the entire time.
  8. After the detainee finished his month long training in Bosnia, he traveled to the norther part of Bosnia to what he called the Zeravich area. The detainee fought in the Zeravich area for six months.
c. Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee was identified by a source as being one of Usama bin Laden's security guards.
  2. The detainee was identified by several sources as a bodyguard for Usama bin Laden.
  3. The detainee was identified by an individual that knew him to be part of a group that was seen around Usama bin Laden in different locations. The detainee was seen carrying a Kalashnikov rifle.
  4. The detainee was identified by an important facilitator as having been in Bosnia in 1995, Yemen from 1996-2000 and Afghanistan in February or March 2001. The detainee is reported to have joined the Guard Force in August 2001 and may have gone to Tora Bora.
  5. The detainee talked to an individual about going to Afghanistan and this individual paid for the detainee's trip. The detainee first approached the individual about to fight in Chechnya, but was told there was no way to get him there.
  6. The individual gave the detainee the money to go to Afghanistan because of the individual's support for jihad and approving of the Taliban regime.
  7. The detainee claims he fought with the Taliban while in Afghanistan. He saw the United States drop bombs during the United States campaign in November of 2001.
  8. The detainee fought with the Mujahidin fighters that fought under the support of the Bosnian army. The detainee went back to Yemen when the Dayton Accords were signed.
d. Intent
The detainee made the following comment:

"If I were free, no one would be able to stop me from doing what I want to do, not even your intelligence people. If you cooperate with me, I will write down everything I know. As you have already noticed from your intelligence people, you couldn't stop what has already happened. The information I have already given is no longer important. All I need is to be left alone at my home to be able to do what I want to do. My information is so important and so dangerous, your intelligence and your FBI would never even imagine it, but I know".

Other Relevant Data
  1. When the Taliban fell, the detainee went to a guesthouse belonging to someone he met on the front lines, stayed there for 20 days, then walked to the Pakistani border, where he was captured with about 30 others.
  2. The detainee was among other Yemeni citizens who around November 1999, were arrested on conspiracy to commit terrorism charges.
  3. The detainee remained in custody during that time, where he was questioned about plans to undertake operations against Yemeni government and western interests.
  4. The detainee claimed that he had contact with an agency, which had recruited him to undertake sabotage operations in Yemen.
  5. The detainee also admitted that, although originally loyal to Bin Laden, the planned activities contravened a Bin Laden order that jihadists refrain from terrorist operations in Yemen, Pakistan and Sudan.
  6. The detainee departed Bosnia after the Dayton agreement was signed in about November 1995.
  7. The detainee spoke of information concerning a serum that causes the body's muscles to deteriorate, and will cause it's victim to die.
  8. The detainee previously stated he had information that was so dangerous, we needed to hear it right away. The detainee later denied ever having said that, and blames it on the linguists, saying their translations are not correct.
  9. When the detainee was asked how he knew a certain al Wafa official, he claims to know this information because of family ties.
  10. The detainee advised that he joined the Taliban, not al Wafa.
  11. The detainee was arrested in Bayt Habra, Yemen, for stealing and spent approximately eight months in a Yemen jail.
  12. The detainee also spent eight to nine months in a Saudi Arabian jail. The arrest stemmed from an attempt to smuggle weapons into Saudi Arabia with al Qaida associates.
  13. THe detainee claimed only being a fighter assisting the Taliban.
  14. The detainee doesn't want to return to Yemen because of being falsely accused of a crime for which he was imprisoned for eight and a half months. Supposedly it was this imprisonment that led him to leave the country.
  15. The detainee claims a family member had something to do with the bombing of the USS Cole.
  16. The detainee stated there would be a future attack on America bigger than w:11 September 2001. All Americans will pay for their actions against the Muslim detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  17. The detainee stated it was up to God when he was going to get out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and that he was perfectly happy here serving God.
  18. When asked about his fighting experience in the Zeravich area, the detainee stated he did not really see much action and claimed he very seldom came in contact with the enemy. The detainee stated when he did come in contact with the enemy he would fire into the area where he thought the enemy was, and most likely the enemy would run away.
4.

The following primary factors favor release or transfer:

a.

The detainee stated he had nothing to do with al Wafa. It was a story he had made up because he was being beaten.

b.

The detainee denied ever meeting or even seeing Usama bin Laden. He only knows of him through the media.

c.

The detainee denied having any knowledge of the attacks in the United States prior to their execution on 11 September 2001.

d.

The detainee denied knowledge of any rumors or plans of future attacks on the United States or United States interests.

5.

You will be provided with a meaningful opportunity to be heard and present information to this Board; this includes an opportunity to be physically present at the proceeding. The Assisting Military Officer (AMO) will assist you in reviewing all relevant and reasonably available unclassified information regarding your case. The AMO is not an advocate for or against continued detention, nor may the AMO form a confidential relationship with you or represent you in any other matter.