United Arab Emirati detainees at Guantanamo Bay

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The United States Department of Defense acknowledges holding two United Arab Emirates captives in Guantanamo.[1] A total of 778 captives have been held in extrajudicial detention in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba since the camps opened on January 11, 2002 The camp population peaked in 2004 at approximately 660. Only nineteen new captives, all "high value detainees" have been transferred there since the United States Supreme Court's ruling in Rasul v. Bush. As of January 2008 the camp population stand at approximately 285.

Following the Department of Defenses' publication of official lists of captives' names, officials in Abu Dhabi confirmed that Abdulah Al Hamiri is a UAE citizen. The second, "Muieen Al-deen Jamal Al-deen Abd Al-Fusal Abd Al-Sattar", may have been born in Dubai but is not Emirati.[2] The latter name may be a nom de guerre; it is Arabic for "From religion, beauty. Religion: chapter's servant, curtain's servant." According to The Daily Telegraph, he is an ethnic Rohingya Burmese who was born in Dubai, has a Pakistani passport, and lived in Mecca, Saudi Arabia most of his life, where he taught religion at a private school.[3]


United Arab Emirates captives acknowledged by the DoD[edit]

isn name arrival
date
transfer
date
notes
ISN 48 Abdulah Alhamiri 2002-01-12 2008-07-26
  • Al Hamari was repatriated on August 1, 2008.[4][5]
309 Muieen A Deen Jamal A Deen Abd Al Fusal Abd Al Sattar 2002-02-10

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Two ‘Emiratis’ among list of 558 Guantanamo detainees, Khaleej Times, 21 April 2006
  3. ^ Mju Ayn Al Din Jamal Al Din Abd Al Fadhil Abd Al Sattar, The Daily Telegraph, 27 April 2011
  4. ^ OARDEC (2008-10-09). "Consolidated chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased". Department of Defense. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  5. ^ Bernard Wittes. "The Current Detainee Population of Guantánamo: An Empiricial Study". Brookings Institution. Retrieved 2009-01-30.