Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Hakim, Abdel Ghalib Ahmad (2005-08-01)

Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Hakim, Abdel Ghalib Ahmad (2005-08-01)  (2005) 

To: Hakim, Abdel Ghalib Ahmad
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Hakim, Abdel Ghalib Ahmad

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


The Adniinistrative 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
  1. The detainee advised he went to Pakistan to study the Koran.
  2. The detainee traveled to Pakistan with a group of Tabligh. He flew from Sana'a, Yemen, to Karachi, Pakistan and then took a train to Lahore, Pakistan, in order to study at the Raywan Religious Center.
  3. The preachers of Islam, or Tablighi Jama'at, organization is closely aligned with other Pakistani terrorist organizations and the al Qaida network.
  4. The Raywan Center is the world headquarters of the Tablighi movement.
  5. The director of the Center, Abd Al Wahab, suggested to the detainee he visit the Salafia University in Faisalabad.
  6. The Jamia Salafia school in Faisalabad, Pakistan taught religious subjects and was based on the Sunni schoo of thought.
  7. While in Faisalabad, the detainee stayed at a guesthouse owned by Issa.
b. Training
A senior al Qaida operational planner recalled seeing the detainee at al-Faruq when Zawahiri and Jama'at al-jihad joined with al Qaida in summer 2001.
c. Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee was arrested at Issa's house located near the Salifiya University in Faisalabad, Pakistan along wiht 16 other individuals.
  2. The detainee was seen in Kandahar, Afghanistan and was very well respected by all the fighters. Usama bin Laden used to travel to various places in Afghanistan, to give speeches and have people swear bayat to him, and the detainee used to travel with bin Laden on these trips.
d. Other Relevant Data
  1. The detainee advised a local benefactor paid for his plane ticket to Pakistan.
  2. The detainee stayed at Issa's house from after Ramadan until his capture.
  3. A 7.62mm ammunition round was found on the detainee at the time of capture.
  4. When asked questions about the Koran since he had spent extensive time with the Tabligh group and was so committed to his religion, the detainee advised that he only memorize the Koran and had no real idea about its meaning.
  5. The detainee could not identify the five pillars of Islam or discuss the phrase "People of the Book".
  6. The detainee stated that he knew very little about the Koran or religion in general.

The following primary factors favor release or transfer:


The detainee plans to return to Yemen and resume khat farming.


The detainee said he learned of the attacks on America form interrogators and he considered the attacks unacceptable. The detainee believes the people who attacked the United States need to be captured and prosecuted.


The detainee denied having ammunition in his possession when he was arrested.


The detainee denied any intention to fight in any conflict.


The detainee has continually denied ever being elsewhere other than Pakistan.


The detainee has denied being at the al Farouq training camp.


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.