Abdul Razaq (Guantanamo detainee 356)
|Born||1971 (age 45–46)
|Alternate name||Abdul Razeq|
Abdul Razaq, a young Afghani man, was the first detainee to be released from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Razaq was released after four months when interrogators determined that he was not actually a terrorist, but a schizophrenic sufferer. Razaq was repatriated on May 11, 2002. Newseek conducted an interview with Razeq in a high security mental institution on May 20, 2002.
Razaq, a member of the Uzbek ethnic group, said that he was captured because American authorities did not believe he was not a foreigner.
Razaq reported observing a hunger strike, and a detainee who tried to commit suicide. But he also reported that he was happy with the food he was served, and that the detainees were given Qu'rans and allowed to pray without interference.
- Roy Gutman, Sami Yousafzai (2003). "The One That Got Away: A former Gitmo Bay prisoner talks about his experience from his new home in a heavily-guarded Kabul hospital room". MSNBC. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
But in early May, Washington acknowledged that it was willing to release one prisoner: a 25-year-old Afghan held for four months at Camp X-ray. It turns out that the man was not actually a terrorist, but a schizophrenic sufferer.
- 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. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-29.
- "Mentally Ill Prisoner Flown From Guantanamo Back to Afghanistan". Fox News. 2002-05-05. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
- John Mintz (2002-05-04). "Relatives of 11 Kuwaiti Detainees File Lawsuit". Washington Post. p. A16. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
Meanwhile, one of the prisoners held at the U.S. detention facility has been flown back to Afghanistan because he is suffering from what appears to be an emotional breakdown, military sources said.