Isa Ali Abdullah al Murbati

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Issa Ali Abdullah al Murbati
Born 1965 (age 49–50)
Manama, Bahrain
Detained at Guantanamo
ISN 52
Charge(s) No charge (held in extrajudicial detention)
Status Repatriated

Issa Ali Abdullah al Murbati is a citizen of Bahrain who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1][2] Al Murbati's Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 52.[1] American counter-terrorism analysts estimate he was born in 1965, in Manama, Bahrain.

Detention in Kandahar[edit]

While held at Kandahar Airfield, al-Muarbati and Moazzam Begg began playing chess on a board the International Red Cross had brought for the detainees.[3]

Hunger strike and Force-Feeding[edit]

Al Murbati participated in the hunger strikes of 2005.[4][5]

Combatant Status Review Tribunal[edit]

Initially the Bush administration asserted that they could withhold all the protections of the Geneva Conventions to captives from the war on terror. This policy was challenged before the Judicial branch. Critics argued that the USA could not evade its obligation to conduct competent tribunals to determine whether captives are, or are not, entitled to the protections of prisoner of war status.

Subsequently the Department of Defense instituted the Combatant Status Review Tribunals. The Tribunals, however, were not authorized to determine whether the captives were lawful combatants—rather they were merely empowered to make a recommendation as to whether the captive had previously been correctly determined to match the Bush administration's definition of an enemy combatant.

Recorder Exhibit List[edit]

Unusually Al Murbati's dossier contains an Recorder Exhibit List.[6]

# Title Support Location
R1 Unclassified Summary UNCLASSIFIED
R2 FBI Request for Redaction of National Security Information 15 Sept 04 Exhibit
R3 USDHS, Terrorist Org Ref Guide, dtd Jan 04, pg 3 3.a.4. UNCLASSIFIED
R4 SIR, dtd 18 Dec 02 3.a.1.
Subject SECRET
R5 JTF- 170 Knowledgeability Brief, dtd 13 Jun 02 3.a.1.
R6 SIR, dtd 8 Oct 02 3.a.3, 2.P.2. SECRET
R7 FBI 302, dtd 09 Jun 02 3.b.1.
R8 Results of Quarterly Review of Community Counterterrorism Tiers 3.a.4, Page 2 SECRET/NOFORN
R9 CITF Assessment 10-JAN-03 Summary SECRET//NOFORN
Rll MFR SA ---------------- 24 September 2004 FYI SECRET//NOFORN
Additional information added on 27 Sept 04 per board request of 25 Sept 04
R12 OARDEC INTEL RS, RESPONSE dtd 25 Sep 04 R5, pg 3
and date

R13 JT assessment R7, pg 2 SECRET//NOFORN
R8 Results of Quarterly Review of Community Counterterrorism Tiers F7, pg 2, added page 3 SECRETI/NOFORN


The allegations against Al Murbati, from the Summary of Evidence memo, prepared for his Combatant Status Review Tribunal, were:[7]

a The detainee is associated with Al Qaeda:
  1. On November 2, 2001, detainee voluntarily traveled from Bahrain to Afghanistan.
  2. The detainee traveled to Afghanistan via Pakistan where he planned to fight in the ‘’Jihad’‘.
  3. Detainee was a follower of Abu Sayyaf

— Abu Sayyef; they met in the Philippines. They discussed getting money to Arabs in Afghanistan.

  1. Abu Sayyef Group is a known terrorist organization.
b The detainee participated in military operations against the United States and its coalition partners.
  1. Detainee was injured by a grenade while traveling to Khowst, Afghanistan, and given treatment at a hospital.
  2. Detainee was told that if he went to war and fought the Jihad, he would be a better person and have his 15,000 Dinar debt forgiven, and eventually he traveled to Afghanistan.
  3. Al Murbati discovered that there was not training available in Kandahar, and since he did not know how to use a Kalisnikov rifle, he traveled to Kabul by taxi, after learning there was training there.

Habeas corpus submission[edit]

Al Murbati is one of the sixteen Guantanamo captives whose amalgamated habeas corpus submissions were heard by US District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton, on January 31, 2007.[8]

Al Murbati has been represented by Joshua Colangelo-Bryan and Clive Stafford Smith. A campaign to free him is being led by Bahraini MP Mohammed Khalid.


Al Murbati was released during August 2007. He was the last Bahraini to be released. On Thursday August 23, 2007 the Gulf Daily News reported that Bahraini Member of Parliament Mohammed Khalid had called for the Bahrain government to provide financial compensation to the released men.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b OARDEC (2006-05-15). "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. ^ documents (.pdf) from Isa Ali Abdulla Almurbati's Combatant Status Review Tribunal, October 12, 2004
  3. ^ , Begg, Moazzam, "Enemy Combatant", 2006.
  4. ^ Abdulrahman Fakhri (September 5, 2005). "'Help me' plea by Bay detainee". Gulf Daily News. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  5. ^ Eric Schmitt, Tim Golden (22 February 2006). "Forced feeding at Guantanamo is now acknowledged". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  6. ^ Recorder Exhibit List (.pdf) prepared for Isa Ali Abdulla Almurbati's Combatant Status Review Tribunal, September 27, 2004
  7. ^ Summary of Evidence memo (.pdf) prepared for Isa Ali Abdulla Almurbati's Combatant Status Review Tribunal, September 15, 2004
  8. ^ Reggie B. Walton (January 31, 2007). "Gherebi, et al. v. Bush" (PDF). United States Department of Justice. Retrieved May 19, 2007. 
  9. ^ Geoffrey Bew (August 23, 2007). "Bay victims may get BD50,000". Gulf Daily News. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 

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