Abdullah Kamel Abdullah Kamel Al Kandari

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Abdullah Kamel Abdullah Kamel Al Kandari
Born(1973-09-17)September 17, 1973
Hawalli, Kuwait
Detained atGuantanamo
Alternate nameAbdullah Kamal Abdullah Kamal al Kandari
Abdulla Kamel al Kandari
Charge(s)no charge, held in extrajudicial detention
OccupationElectrical Engineer

Abdullah Kamel Abdullah Kamel Al Kandari is a citizen of Kuwait, who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.

Press reports[edit]

On July 12, 2006, the magazine Mother Jones provided excerpts from the transcripts of a selection of the Guantanamo detainees.[1] The article informed readers:

More than a dozen detainees were cited for owning cheap digital watches, particularly "the infamous Casio watch of the type used by Al Qaeda members for bomb detonators."

The article quoted Al Kandari, and three other watch owners:

When they told me that Casios were used by Al Qaeda and the watch was for explosives, I was shocked... If I had known that, I would have thrown it away. I'm not stupid. We have four chaplains [at Guantanamo]; all of them wear this watch.

One of Abdullah Kamel's lawyers, Kristine A. Huskey told Newsday that:[2]

...the factors supporting release didn't mention numerous affidavits submitted from relatives and teammates insisting the prisoner had never shown any zealous or anti-American behavior.

Meetings with attorneys[edit]

According to an article in Marie Claire magazine, Kristine A. Huskey was one of Abdullah Kamel's attorneys.[3] Huskey described her surprise upon first meeting with Guantanamo clients, like Abdullah Kamel, that they preferred food brought from Guantanamo fast food outlets to the Arabic delicacies she and her colleagues had brought from the Continental US. Abdullah Kamel's favorite was a cheese pizza from the base's Pizza Hut.

Al Odah v. United States[edit]

Abdullah Kamel Abdullah Kamel Al Kandari was among the eleven captives covered in the July 2008 "Petitioners' Status Report" filed by David J. Cynamon in Al Odah v. United States on behalf of the four remaining Kuwaiti prisoners in Guantanamo. Seven other prisoners were amalgamated to the case, which charged that none of the men had been cleared for release, even though the government had completed factual returns for them—and those factual returns had contained redacted sections.[4]

The decision, striking down the Military Commissions Act, was handed down on June 12, 2008.[5][6]


The Washington Post reported, on September 10, 2006, that Al Kandari would be returned to Kuwait soon.[7] The Emir of Kuwait personally requested Al Kandari's release, and that of another Kuwaiti man named Omar Rajab Amin.

Acquittal confirmed[edit]

On May 29, 2007, the Miami Herald reported that a Kuwaiti appeals court had upheld the acquittals of Al Kandari and Omar Rajab Amin.[8]

The McClatchy interview[edit]

On June 15, 2008 the McClatchy News Service published articles based on interviews with 66 former Guantanamo captives. McClatchy reporters interviewed Abdulla Kamel al Kandari.[9][10] The McClatchy report said that Thomas Wilner, his lawyer, went to the secure facility, to review the classified evidence that prompted the additional allegations on the Summary of Evidence memos prepared for his Administrative Review Board hearings. Lawyers for the captives have to go through a security clearance first. And there was one location they could travel to review classified evidence.

The report said that Wilner found no evidence in the classified dossier to back up the new allegations.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Why Am I in Cuba?", Mother Jones (magazine), July 12, 2006
  2. ^ Letta Tayler (June 17, 2005). "Inside a Gitmo review: A Saudi detainee faces military panel, without seeing a lawyer or evidence, that decides his fate". Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2007-07-15.
  3. ^ Jennifer Senior (December 2006). "Gitmo's Girl". Marie Claire. Retrieved 2007-07-14.
  4. ^ David J. Cynamon (2008-08-19). "Guantanamo Bay Detainee Litigation: Doc 88 -- petitioners' status report" (PDF). United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 2008-08-23. mirror
  5. ^ Stout, David. The New York Times, Justices Rule Terror Suspects Can Appeal in Civilian Courts, June 13, 2008
  6. ^ Transcript of Supreme Court oral arguments for Boumediene v. Bush (No. 06-1195) and Al Odah v. US (06-1196)
  7. ^ Two Kuwaitis to leave Guantanamo soon: group, Washington Post, September 10, 2006
  8. ^ "Kuwait clears two former Guantánamo captives". Miami Herald. May 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-29.[dead link]
  9. ^ Tom Lasseter (June 15, 2008). "Guantanamo Inmate Database: Page 2". McClatchy News Service. Archived from the original on 20 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-16.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  10. ^ a b Tom Lasseter (June 15, 2008). "Guantanamo Inmate Database: Abdulla Kamel al Kandari". McClatchy News Service. Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-06-16.

External links[edit]

Works related to Summary of Evidence at Wikisource Works related to Transcript at Wikisource