Mohammed Kamin

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Mohammed Kamin
Born1978 (age 40–41)
Detained atGuantanamo
Charge(s)material support for terrorism
StatusTransferred to the United Arab Emirates on August 13, 2016.

Mohammed Kamin (born 1978) is a citizen of Afghanistan who was held in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1][2] The Joint Task Force Guantanamo estimate that Kamin was born in 1978. He was transferred to the United Arab Emirates on August 13, 2016.

Charges before a Guantanamo Military Commission[edit]

On March 11, 2008, the Office of Military Commissions announced that Mohammed Kamin would face charges.[3] On March 12, 2008, Kamin was charged with a single count of "providing material support to terrorism."[4] This charge made Kamin unique among the other prisoners at Guantanamo Bay because it alone is not a war crime, and thus is probably not triable before a military commission.[5]

On May 21, he refused to exit his cell to attend his arraignment. He was physically manacled and dragged into court nonetheless, where he stated that he had no connection to al-Qaeda or the Taliban.[6] Kamin continued to refuse to attend his trial as late as June 2008.[7]

On July 15, 2009, military prosecutors asked the commission to allow them to continue their case against Kamin until September 2009. The commission granted this request.[8] Kamin continued to boycott proceedings against him, including a pre-trial hearing in November 2009.[9] All charges were withdrawn and dismissed on December 8, 2009.[10] Had he been convicted he could have faced life in prison.[4]

Transfer to the United Arab Emirates[edit]

Kamin was transferred to the United Arab Emirates with fourteen other individuals.[1][2] Twelve of the men were Yemenis. Obaidullah

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  1. ^ a b Camila Domonoske (2016-08-16). "15 Guantanamo Bay Detainees Transferred To United Arab Emirates". National Public Radio. Two of the Afghan prisoners — Mohammed Kamin and Obaidallah, who only has one name — had been briefly charged in a military commission, The Miami Herald reports. The war crimes prosecutor dropped those charges.
  2. ^ a b Benjamin Wittes (2016-08-16). "A Big Guantanamo Transfer: Progress Towards the Site's Obsolescence". Lawfare.
  3. ^ "US military prosecutors file charges against Afghan detainee at Guantanamo". Associated Press Archive. March 12, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Edward F. Mickolus; Susan L. Simmons (12 January 2011). The Terrorist List. ABC-CLIO. pp. 126–7. ISBN 978-0-313-37471-5. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  5. ^ Stacy Sullivan (July 27, 2010). "A Lack of Conviction: Prosecutors at the U.S. military tribunals in Guantánamo are proclaiming success for their stripped-down judicial model. But the abysmal trial record tells another story". Foreign Policy. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  6. ^ David McFadden (May 21, 2008). "Military guards drag Afghan detainee to war-crimes court at Guantanamo". Associated Press. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  7. ^ Carol Rosenberg (June 2, 2008). "War Crimes Tribunals: At terrorism trials, is no defense a defense? - Military defense lawyers face a dilemma at the war court: Is offering up no defense the way to defend an alleged terrorist at trial?". Miami Herald. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  8. ^ "US seeks Guantanamo trials delay". July 16, 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  9. ^ Carol Rosenberg (November 18, 2009). "Guantanamo Bay: Broken deadline not a surprise at Guantánamo - No reinforcements, and no surprise at Guantánamo, as word spread that President Barack Obama confirmed the White House will miss its closure deadline". Miami Herald. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  10. ^ Carol Rosenberg (December 11, 2009). "Pentagon drops Kuwaiti's war crimes case". Miami Herald. Retrieved August 12, 2012.

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