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Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Farhi, Saiid (2006-02-20)

Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Farhi, Saiid (2006-02-20)


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

at US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

20 February 2006

To: Farhi, Saiid
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Farhi, Saiid

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: (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.


The following primary factors favor continued detention:

a. Commitment
The detainee entered Italy illegally in 1997. While in Rome the detainee purchased a French Passport from Algerian robbers in the name of Oliver Jean Christian Marie Joseph Bayart.
b. Training
  1. The detainee was conscripted into the military in 1981. The detainee served with a construction service unit that was assigned to military bases. The detainee's military speciality was construction: roads, plumbing, buildings and painting. The detainee received two months of basic training with the Kalashnikov and Seminov rifles. The detainee spent one week in a military prison because of a fistfight with an officer. The detainee received an honorable discharge in 1983.
  2. The detainee went to the Bagram front where he received some weapons training.
  3. Another detainee identified the detainee as an individual who trained with him at the Algerian Camp and they eventually traveled to Kandahar.
c. Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee saw Usama bin Laden shortly after 11 September 2001. Usama bin Laden was attending a funeral in Kabul. The detainee and a friend happened to be passing by on the street and stopped to attend the funeral. The cemetery was on the outskirts of Kabul.
  2. Another detainee identified the detainee as someone he saw at a safe house in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
  3. The detainee admitted to the authorities of a foreign government that he fought on the front lines.

The following primary factors favor release or transfer:


The detainee denied having any knowledge of the attacks in the United States prior to their execution on 11 September 2001 and also denied knowledge of any rumors or plans of future attacks on the United States or United States interests.


The detainee never heard of al Qaida until after 11 September 2001. The detaiene described al Qaida as a platform or foundation. The detainee did not carry any weapons while in Afghanistan. The detainee is against fighting. If the detainee wanted to fight, he said he would have done it in Algeria. The detainee ran away from those types of problems years before and did not want to encounter them again.


The detainee was asked about his Jihad intentions and he related that he did not og to Afghanistan to fight, he went to marry. The detainee stated that he was a peaceful person and reiterated that he wants to live a good life.


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.