List of Egyptian detainees at Guantanamo Bay

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The United States Department of Defense acknowledges holding eight Egyptian detainees at Guantanamo Bay.[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 February 24, 2010, the camp population stood at 188.[2]

On February 24, 2010, Carol Rosenberg, of the Miami Herald, reported that Albania accepted the transfer of three former captives, an Egyptian, Sharif Fati Ali al Mishad, and Saleh Bin Hadi Asasi and Rauf Omar Mohammad Abu al Qusin, a Tunisian and a Libyan.[2][3][4] The men will not be allowed to leave Albania.

isn name arrival
190 Sharif Fati Ali Al Mishad 2002-05-01 2012-02-25
  • Reportedly, harsh conditions in Guantanamo have left him with slurred speech.[5]
287 Sami Abdul Aziz Salim Allaithy 2002-02-11 2005-09-30
  • Became a paraplegic in Guantanamo—reports it was due to an unprovoked beating in the prison hospital.[6]
  • Left Egypt after criticizing its government for being anti-democratic, when his passport expired the only place left for him to live was Afghanistan.[6]
  • Three writs of habeas corpus were submitted on his behalf—but none of them were published when the Department of Defense published 179 other habeas petitions.[7]
  • Determined not to have been an enemy combatant, after all.[7]
  • According to the official list of release dates he left Guantanamo on September 30, 2005.[8]
369 Adel al-Gazzar 2002-01-20 2010-01
535 Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed Al Sawah 2002-05-05 2016-01-26
661 Mamdouh Habib 2002-05-03 2005-01-17
  • An Australian who was born in Egypt.
  • Spent several years in Egyptian custody, where he reports he was tortured.
  • He was transferred to Australia on January 27, 2005.[13]
663 Fael Roda Al-Waleeli 2002-06-07 2003-07-01
  • According to the BBC he was still in Guantanamo on November 19, 2004—four months into the CSR Tribunal process.[14] But there is no record that a Tribunal was convened for him.
  • On March 28, 2008 the Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram reported that Fael had been transferred from Guantanamo "three years earlier", but that they had been unable to find out any reliable information about what happened to him after his transfer.[5]
  • On November 26, 2008 the Department of Defense published a list of the dates when captives departed from Guantanamo.[8] According to that list he was repatriated on July 1, 2003.
716 Allah Muhammed Saleem 2002-08-05 2006-11-17
  • Determined not to have been an enemy combatants after all.[15]
  • Released to Albania, on January 7, 2007, where he has applied for asylum.[16]
  • According to the official list of release dates he left Guantanamo on November 17, 2006.[8]


  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" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29.
  2. ^ a b "Guantanamo four arrive in Europe". BBC News. 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2010-02-24. A Tunisian, Egyptian and Libyan were sent to Albania, while a Palestinian was sent to Spain. The Palestinian is the first of five inmates that Spain has agreed to take. Albania has taken eight detainees.
  3. ^ Carol Rosenberg (2010-02-24). "Judge OKs detention of 2 men Bush panel cleared". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2010-02-25.
  4. ^ Chris Wade (2010-02-24). "Four Guantanamo Bay detainees arrive in Albania and Spain". Digital Journal. Archived from the original on 2010-02-25.
  5. ^ a b Gihan Shahine (2008-03-28). "Lost behind bars". Al Ahram. Archived from the original on 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
  6. ^ a b OARDEC (date redacted). "Summarized Statement" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. 1–7. Retrieved 2008-04-25. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ a b "Exhibit C: List of No Longer Enemy Combant Detainees With Pending Habeas Corpus Petitions Who Have Been Released From United States Custody" (PDF). United States Department of Justice. April 17, 2007. p. 64. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  8. ^ a b c OARDEC (2008-10-09). "Consolidated chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased" (PDF). Department of Defense. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-27. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  9. ^ OARDEC (20 September 2004). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Algazzar, Adel Fattough Ali" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. 91–92. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  10. ^ Finn, Peter (2011-06-16). "Ex-Guantanamo detainee goes home — and gets locked up again". The Washington Post.
  11. ^ "Adel Fattough Al Algazzar v. George W. Bush" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. 49–76. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  12. ^ OARDEC (date redacted). "Summarized Transcript" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. 82–92. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-26. Retrieved 2008-05-25. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  13. ^ Margot Williams (2008-11-03). "Guantanamo Docket: Mamdouh Ibrahim Ahmed Habib". New York Times. Retrieved October 2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ "Egypt wants Guantanamo releases". BBC News. 2004-11-19. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  15. ^ "Detainees Found to No Longer Meet the Definition of "Enemy Combatant" during Combatant Status Review Tribunals Held at Guantanamo" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. November 19, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
  16. ^ Essam Fadl (January 6, 2007). "Egypt: Human Rights Activist Identifies 2 Former Egyptian Guantanamo Detainees". Asharq Alawsat. Retrieved 2007-01-07.