Al-Hila was captured, in Cairo, on September 19, 2002, while on a business trip.John Sifton, of Human Rights Watch, says that Al-Hila disappeared, for eighteen months, before surfacing in American detention in the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. According to medical records published on March 16, 2007, his "in process date" at Guantanamo was September 20, 2004.
Since his arrival in Guantanamo Bay he is one of the approximately 200 detainees who has had a writ of habeas corpus filed on his behalf. In recently declassified discussions with his lawyer Al-Hila says that after his capture he was sent to BakuAzerbajan for two months, and then spent 16 months in secret bases in Afghanistan, including "the dark prison".
On April 23, 2009, Yemeni newspapers reported two of the four children of Guantanamo captive "Abdul-Salam al-Hilam" were killed, in his home, by the explosion of a hand grenade. The two boys were reported to be nine and eleven years old, and ten and eleven years old. They were reported to have died when playing with the grenade.
In 2008 camp authorities started to allow compliant captives to make an annual phone call home. The Yemen Post reports that Al Hila's sons died just two days after his call.
On August 1, 2009 the Saba News reported that in a phone call after his son's death he told his family that he fears he will be assassinated in Guantanamo. He told his family not to believe accounts that he committed suicide if he should die in Guantanamo.
On May 17, 2010, Saba News reported Abdul's family had recently received a letter where he wrote he believed camp authorities had a new plan to assassinate him.
^Kelly McEvers. "In Yemen, Anger Toward U.S. Grows Over Detainees". NPR. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-01. ""His mother died, his father died, his two sons died, and now his uncle has died," Hila's sister says. "Do they want us to all be dead before they bring him back home again?"
^"U.S. to try five Yemeni Gitmo detainees". Saba News. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2010-05-17. "Meanwhile, Abdul Salam Al-Hila, another Yemeni detainee, has told his family that he faced a new assassination attempt at the U.S. Bay which the U.S. President Obama ordered to be closed as soon as possible."mirror