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Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Noori, Mullah Norullah (2005)


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

at US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

From: Presiding Officer
To: Noori, Mullah Norullah
Via: Assisting Military Officer
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Noori, Mullah Norullah

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.

3. The following primary factors favor continued detention:
a. Commitment
  1. The detainee worked as a security guard for the governor of Jalalabad carrying a Kalashnikov rifle.
  2. In 2000 the detainee moved to Mazar-E-Sharif where he was a member of 1 10-12-man team who provided security to the Governor.
  3. The detainee served as the acting governor in Mazar-E-Sharif for 8 or 9 months prior to his capture.
b. Connections/Associations
The detainee traveled to Kabul to serve as a security guard for a Taliban official.
c. Other relevant data
The detainee participated in a meeting where Taliban leaders decided to surrender to the Northern Alliance.
4. The following primary factors favor release or transfer:
  1. The detainee testified: "I needed to survive, so I did work with the government, which was at the time the Taliban government and I work with them and that's the only mistake I made if you want to call it that, or that's the only thing I did."
b. Exculpatory
  1. The detainee emphasized this was merely a civilian position and he had no real political responsibilities within the Taliban. Additionally, he had no interaction with the leaders in the Taliban.
  2. The detainee admitted his allegiance with the Taliban as he was fearful of standing against the current governing body in Afghanistan.
  3. The detainee does not know any of the al Qaeda members detained at Guantanamo. He cannot interact with the Arabs as he does not speak their language.

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.

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