Abdul Al-Rahim Ghulam Rabbani

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Abdul Al-Rahim Ghulam Rabbani
ISN 01460, Abdul Rabbani Abu Rahman.jpg
Born 1969 (age 44–45)
Arrested September 2002
Karachi, Pakistan
Detained at "the salt pit"
Alternate name Abu Rahim Moulana Gulam Rabbani
ISN 1460
Charge(s) no charge, extrajudicial detention
Status Still held in Guantanamo

Abdul Al-Rahim Ghulam Rabbani is a citizen of Pakistan currently held in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1]

American Intelligence analysts estimated that Rabbani was born in 1969.

Abdul Rabbani Abd al Rahim Abu Rahman arrived at Guantanamo on September 20, 2004, and has been held at Guantanamo for 10 years, 2 months and 6 days.[2][3]

Detention in "the salt pit"[edit]

According to Laid Saidi, Rabbani, and his brother, Mohammed Ahmad Ghulam Rabbani, were being held in the CIA black site known as "the salt pit" at the same time as him.[4]

Official status reviews[edit]

Originally, the Bush Presidency asserted that captives apprehended in the "war on terror" were not protected by the Geneva Conventions, and could be held indefinitely, without explanation. However, in 2004, the United States Supreme Court ruled, in Rasul v. Bush, that the captives were entitled to hear the allegations that justified their detention, and to try to refute those allegations.

Office for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants[edit]

In 2004, in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in Rasul v. Bush, the Department of Defense set up the Office for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants. Documents from those reviews were published in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

Scholars at the Brookings Institution, led by Benjamin Wittes, listed the captives still held in Guantanamo in December 2008, according to whether their detention was justified by certain common allegations:[5]

  • Abdul Al-Rahim Ghulam Rabbani was listed as one of the captives who "The military alleges ... are members of Al Qaeda."[5]
  • Abdul Al-Rahim Ghulam Rabbani was listed as one of the captives who "The military alleges ... stayed in Al Qaeda, Taliban or other guest- or safehouses."[5]
  • Abdul Al-Rahim Ghulam Rabbani was listed as one of the captives who "The military alleges ... took military or terrorist training in Afghanistan."[5]
  • Abdul Al-Rahim Ghulam Rabbani was listed as one of the captives who was ab "al Qaeda operative".[5]

Habeas petition[edit]

A habeas submission was submitted on his behalf to US District Court Judge Ricardo M. Urbina.[6] In response, on December 13, 2005 the Department of Defense published a fourteen page dossier of unclassified documents arising from his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.

His Summary of Evidence memo was drafted on November 10, 2004.[6]

The documents indicate a USAF Major, his Personal Representative, recorded on the detainee election form that they met for half an hour on 17 November 2004 to discuss his upcoming Tribunal.[6] His Personal Representative's notes state he chose not to attend his Tribunal.

Tribunal panel 21 convened 23 November 2004 and confirmed his "enemy combatant status". The decision memo drafted by the Tribunal states it reached this conclusion based on classified evidence.[6] Unusually this Tribunal was not convened in Guantanamo, and the Personal Representative who met with him was not present. The Department of Defense has not offered an explanation as to why this Tribunal was not convened in Guantanamo.

His name is spelled both as "Abdul Al-Rahim Ghulam Rabbani" and "Abu Rahim Moulana Gulam Rabbani" in the document.[6][dead link]

Formerly secret Joint Task Force Guantanamo assessment[edit]

On April 25, 2011, whistleblower organization WikiLeaks published formerly secret assessments drafted by Joint Task Force Guantanamo analysts.[7][8][9] His assessment was twelve pages long, and recommended his continued detention.[10] It was signed by camp commandant David M. Thomas Jr. and was dated June 8, 2008.

Hunger strike[edit]

Rabbani and his brother participated in the hunger strike that started on August 8, 2005.[11]


  1. ^ OARDEC (2006-05-15). "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006". United States Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  2. ^ "Measurements of Heights and Weights of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (ordered and consolidated version)". Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas, from DoD data. Archived from the original on 2009-12-21. 
  3. ^ Margot Williams (2008-11-03). "Guantanamo Docket: Abdul Rabbani Abd al Rahim Abu Rahman". New York Times. Retrieved October 2010. 
  4. ^ Craig S. Smith, Souad Mekhennet (2006-07-07). "Algerian Tells of Dark Term in U.S. Hands". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2009-12-19. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Benjamin Wittes, Zaathira Wyne (2008-12-16). "The Current Detainee Population of Guantánamo: An Empirical Study". The Brookings Institution. Retrieved 2010-02-16. "Al Sani said he traveled to Afghanistan shortly before September 11 and trained on a Kalashnikov. “I felt it was important in coming of age,” he said. “I went to Afghanistan for weapons training, not to fight anyone.”"  mirror
  6. ^ a b c d e "Abdul Al-Rahim Ghulam Rabbani v. George W. Bush -- Civil Action No. 05-1607 (RMU)". United States Department of Defense. 2005-12-13. pp. pages 55–67. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  7. ^ Christopher Hope, Robert Winnett, Holly Watt, Heidi Blake (2011-04-27). "WikiLeaks: Guantanamo Bay terrorist secrets revealed -- Guantanamo Bay has been used to incarcerate dozens of terrorists who have admitted plotting terrifying attacks against the West – while imprisoning more than 150 totally innocent people, top-secret files disclose". The Telegraph (UK). Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-07-13. "The Daily Telegraph, along with other newspapers including The Washington Post, today exposes America’s own analysis of almost ten years of controversial interrogations on the world’s most dangerous terrorists. This newspaper has been shown thousands of pages of top-secret files obtained by the WikiLeaks website." 
  8. ^ "WikiLeaks: The Guantánamo files database". The Telegraph (UK). 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  9. ^ "Guantanamo Bay detainee file on Abdul Rahim Ghulam Rabbani, US9PK-001460DP, passed to the Telegraph by Wikileaks". The Telegraph (UK). 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  10. ^ David M. Thomas Jr. (2008-06-08). "Recommendation for Continued Detention Under DoD Control (CD) for Guantanamo Detainee, ISN US9PK001460DP". Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Retrieved 2012-07-14.  Media related to File:ISN 01460, Abdul Rabbani Abu Rahman's Guantanamo detainee assessment.pdf at Wikimedia Commons
  11. ^ "Justice detained at Guantanamo?", Denver Post, November 13, 2005 - - mirror

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