Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Al Zaharni, Khalid Mohammed (2005-09-21)

Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Al Zaharni, Khalid Mohammed (2005-09-21)  (2005) 
Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy
Combatants at US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
21 September 2005
To: Al Zaharni, Khalid Mohammed
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Al Zaharni, Khalid Mohammed

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


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: (I) release you to your home state; (2) transfer you to your home state, with conditions agreed upon by the United States and your home state; or (3) continue your detention under United States control.


The following primary factors favor continued detention:

a. Commitment
  1. The detainee is a Saudi Arabian national who volunteered to travel to Afghanistan to fight against the Northern Alliance in May of 2001.
  2. The detainee stated that he began hearing people talk more and more about jihad. He then began going to a small audiotape store where he met Abu Hassan. The detainee listened to audiotapes containing information about jihad, which were mainly inspirational recordings.
  3. The detainee began planning for jihad, which included talking to Sheiks Bin Gebreen and Bin Augla, to receive advice on travel routes. While on vacation with his family, the detainee left and met with Abu Hassan.
  4. The detainee was on the front line in an area called Kut Kalif in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  5. The detainee was in a fighting position in the Tora Bora mountain region from 23 November 2001 until 18 December 2001.
b. Training
The detainee traveled to Kut Bakrarn training camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he received training on the AK-47 and rocket-propelled grenades.
c. Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee's name and phone number were found in a computer file, which was associated with a senior al Qaida lieutenant. It was seized during joint raids with a foreign government service.
  2. According to a foreign government service, the detainee was listed among reported members of al Qaida.
  3. The detainee' s name was on a document listing 324 Arabic names, aliases and nationalities recovered from safe house raids associated with suspected al Qaida in Karachi, Pakistan. The list identified the detainee by name, nationality and noted he had a Saudi passport in his possession.
  4. The detainee's name was also found on several floppy disks recovered during a raid on an alleged al Qaida residence in Karachi , Pakistan. The file revealed an Arabic-language document titled "al jawazat .doc" which translates to "passports .doc". This document contains tables labeled: name , nationality, safety-deposit box number, contents and comments.
  5. A reference to the detainee was recovered from two partitioned hard drives seized from a suspected al Qaida cell that attacked the U.S. Forces in October 2002. On the hard drive was a chat session from 2 September 2002 which contained the following entry: "Khalid bin Muhammad bin'Ali al-Zahrani Abu al-Jarah from al Kharg-al Jazirah which is his parents."
  6. The detainee' s name was on a list recovered from computer media of al Qaida mujahideen and the contents of their "trust" accounts during raids against al Qaida associated safe houses in Rawalpindi and Karachi between 11 September 2002 and 1 March 2003.
  7. The name of the detainee was found on an Arabic-language computer file, which lists contact points and telephone numbers for al Qaida mujahideen in Pakistan. According to the file these mujahideen were among a group who had come to Afghanistan in December 2001 but who had not completed their training and therefore were not ready to fight in the war.
  8. The detainee was also listed in a computer file recovered from a suspected al Qaida safe house in Islamabad, Pakistan. The file lists 78 associates incarcerated in Pakistan and appears to be an updated/corrected copy of an earlier list.
  9. The detainee's name was on an undated letter that listed 68 probable al Qaida members incarcerated in Pakistan. The purpose of the document was to incite the people against the Pakistani government.
d. Other Relevant Data
The detainee was in possession of a Casio watch and the model is linked to bombings committed by al Qaida and other radical Islamic terrorists.
4. The following primary factor favors release or transfer:
The detainee stated that he did not have prior knowledge of the attacks on 11 September 2001 and he is not affiliated with al Qaida.

You will be afforded a meaningful opportunity to be heard and to present information to the 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.