|Haji Mohammed Ayub|
April 15, 1984|
|Alternate name||Ayoob Haji Mohammed|
|Status||Determined not to have been an enemy combatant after all|
Haji Mohammed Ayub (born April 15, 1984) is a citizen of China, who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba. The Department of Defense reports he was born on April 15, 1984, in Toqquztash, China.
On June 15, 2008 the McClatchy News Service published articles based on interviews with 66 former Guantanamo captives. McClatchy reporters interviewed Mohammed Ayub. Mohammed Ayub told interviewers he found the conditions in Guantanamo so harsh that he dropped from 164 to 105 pounds, and that he was so hungry he was reduced to eating orange peels. He told interviewers captives were punished harshly for small infractions, like having an extra napkin.
In spite of his treatment in Guantanamo Mohammed Ayub told reporters he would still like to move to the USA. He has relatives who live in America, and in 2001 he had a student visa for the USA. But a friend he was traveling with did not, and he decided to postpone his travel until his friend had a visa too.
Mohammed Ayub described the interrogations the captives went through when Chinese security officials visited Guantanamo as:
"...nothing more than threats. They told me they knew my family, where I'd lived, when I'd left China, where I'd traveled. I would be imprisoned if I ever tried to return to China. It was frightening, they got to us inside that place."
Mohammed Ayub said that he and his companion decided to wait for the visa in Afghanistan, where he was mugged, lost his money and identity papers.
- OARDEC (May 15, 2006). "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. Retrieved 2007-09-29.
- China's Uighurs trapped at Guantanamo, Asia Times, November 4, 2004
- Tom Lasseter (June 15, 2008). "Guantanamo Inmate Database: Page 2". McClatchy News Service. Retrieved 2008-06-16. mirror
- Tom Lasseter (June 15, 2008). "Guantanamo Inmate Database: Mohammed Ayub". McClatchy News Service. Retrieved 2008-06-16. mirror
- Tom Lasseter (June 15, 2008). "Guantanamo Inmate Database: Abu Baqr Qassim". McClatchy News Service. Retrieved 2008-06-16. mirror
- Witness - A strange kind of freedom Aljazeera - video
- Escape to Hell - Fleeing China, Landing in Guantanamo Der Spiegel July 14, 2006
- Free and Uneasy. Tale of 5 Muslims: Out of Guantanamo and Into Limbo Cleared by U.S. of Terror Ties, They Won’t Return Home Due to Fear of Punishment. China Demands Repatriation