Fouad Mahmoud al Rabiah
|Fouad Mahmoud al Rabiah|
June 24, 1959|
Kuwait City, Kuwait
|Alternate name||Fouad Mahoud Hasan Al Rabia|
|Charge(s)||All charges dropped in 2009|
|Status||Won his habeas corpus, released after 8 years|
Fouad Mahmoud al Rabiah (born on June 24, 1959) is a Kuwaiti, who was held in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba from May 2002 to Dec 2009. Al Rabia's Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 551.
Al Rabia was an executive with Kuwait's national airline before his wrongful arrest and extradition. He had studied in the United States, and described himself as an America-phile. He is also a philanthropist, along with members of his family, and they regularly followed-up to observed in person the charitable enterprises they donated to. He had routinely made preliminary and follow-up field trips to check on projects they had donated to. In 2001 he described traveling to Afghanistan, for charitable purposes.
Al Rabia was to face charges in 2008 before a Guantanamo military commission but all charges were dropped in 2009.
In September 2009 Al Rabia's habeas corpus petition concluded, and US District Court Judge ordered that he be released "forthwith". That release occurred on December 9, 2009. Al Rabiah's lawyers called on President Barack Obama to apologise on behalf of the United States and provide "appropriate compensation" to al Rabiah for his ordeal.
Guantanamo military commission
All charges dropped in 2009.
Fouad al Rabia's weight
The documents published when charges were proposed against Fouad al Rabia included the weights recorded by the camp's medical staff.
CNN published an article based on interviews with Fouad and other former Guantanamo captives, entitled "Former Guantanamo inmates tell of confessions under 'torture'". Al Rabiah told Jenifer Fenton he was tortured by his initial Northern Alliance captors, tortured in the Kandahar detention facility, tortured in the Bagram Collection Point, and tortured in Guantanamo. He told her he had been interrogated over 200 times, including "lots and lots of torture". Al Rabiah showed Fenton a copy of a two-page letter found in Tora Bora that he was tortured into confessing he wrote. The letter's author wrote that he and his son Abdullah lead an attack in Afghanistan in 1991. However, while Al Rabiah's son is named Abdullah, he was only one year old in 1991.
Al Rabiah told Fenton he started to confess to all his interrogators accusations after he was asked "Would you like to go home a drug addict?" He told Fenton that he regarded this as one of the threats, that triggered his false confessions.
|“||Mr. al Rabiah can never reclaim the eight years he lost at Guantanamo Bay - and the United States must not simply turn and forget.||”|
—His lawyer David Cynamon
On September 17, 2009 US District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly orderded that Al Rabia could no longer be detained under the Authorization for the Use of Military Force and ordered the government to release him from detention at Guantanamo Bay  He was repatriated on December 9, 2009. The U.S. Department of Justice announced that he had been transferred from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the control of the government of Kuwait. The transfer was carried out under an arrangement between the United States and the government of Kuwait. The United States would continue to consult with the government of Kuwait regarding Al Rabia.
- Sketches of Guantanamo Detainees-Part II, The Guardian, March 15, 2006
- OARDEC (2006-05-15). "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29.
- "Detainee freed after eight years at Guantanamo". Television New Zealand. December 10, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- Carol Rosenberg (2008-10-22). "Pentagon accuses 2 Kuwaitis of war crimes". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2008-10-22.[dead link] mirror
- Jeremy Pelofsky (2009-08-13). "Lawyer: U.S. hampers bid to clear Guantanamo detainee". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
- "Pentagon documents on Fouad al Rabia". Department of Defense. Retrieved 2008-12-18. mirror
- Jenifer Fenton (2011-10-28). "Former Guantanamo inmates tell of confessions under 'torture'". CNN. Retrieved 2011-10-29. "He showed more of the evidence used against him. The U.S. government had accused Al Rabiah of providing material support to al Qaeda and the Taliban. Al Rabiah was interrogated, by his own count, more than 200 times. He says he was tortured: "Lots and lots of torture." He confessed to any and everything his interrogators said about him." mirror
- B Izzak (May 12, 2007). "US to free last Kuwaiti Guantanamo detainees". Kuwait Times. Retrieved 2007-05-14.
- Carol Rosenberg (2009-09-17). "Judge: Free Kuwaiti engineer at Guantánamo". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2009-09-19.
- Judges Question Evidence On Guantanamo Detainees NPR - April 28, 2011
- Royal jet sent to bring Kuwaiti home from Guantanamo
- Emotional welcome home for Guantanamo detainee
- Innocent Guantánamo Torture Victim Fouad al-Rabiah Is Released in Kuwait
- Kuwaiti engineer released from Guantanamo: Judge's ruling points up systemic problems with coerced 'evidence'
- Pentagon drops Kuwaiti's war crimes case
- Barack Obama means change – except on torture
- Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruling (PDF)