Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad

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Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad
Detained at Guantanamo
ISN 041
Charge(s) no charge, held in extrajudicial detention

Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad is a citizen of Yemen who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1][2] His Guantanamo Internee Security Number is 41. The Department of Defense reports that he was born on June 15, 1980, in Burayqah, Yemen.

He was transferred to United Arab Emirate, with fourteen other men, on August 15, 2016.[2][3][4]

Inconsistent identification[edit]

Ahmad was named inconsistently on official documents released by the Department of Defense.

  • He was named Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad in the Summary of Evidence memo prepared for his Combatant Status Review Tribunal, on 21 September 2004.[5]
  • He was named Majid Abdu Ahmed on the Summary of Evidence memo prepared for his first annual Administrative Review Board, on November 13, 2005.[6]
  • He was named Majid M Abdu Ahmed on the Summary of Evidence memo prepared for his second annual Administrative Review Board, on September 26, 2006.[7]

Official status reviews[edit]

Originally the Bush Presidency asserted that captives apprehended in the "war on terror" were not covered by the Geneva Conventions, and could be held indefinitely, without charge, and without an open and transparent review of the justifications for their detention.[8] In 2004 the United States Supreme Court ruled, in Rasul v. Bush, that Guantanamo captives were entitled to being informed of the allegations justifying their detention, and were entitled to try to refute them.

Office for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants[edit]

Combatant Status Review Tribunals were held in a 3x5 meter trailer where the captive sat with his hands and feet shackled to a bolt in the floor.[9][10]

Following the Supreme Court's ruling the Department of Defense set up the Office for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants.[8][11]

Scholars at the Brookings Institution, led by Benjamin Wittes, listed the captives still held in Guantanamo in December 2008, according to whether their detention was justified by certain common allegations:[12]

  • Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad was listed as one of the captives who "The military alleges ... are fighters for the Taliban."[12]
  • Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad was listed as one of the captives who "The military alleges ... traveled to Afghanistan for jihad."[12]
  • Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad was listed as one of the captives who "The military alleges that the following detainees stayed in Al Qaeda, Taliban or other guest- or safehouses."[12]
  • Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad was listed as one of the captives who "The military alleges ... took military or terrorist training in Afghanistan."[12]
  • Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad was listed as one of the captives who "The military alleges ... fought for the Taliban."[12]
  • Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad was listed as one of the captives who "The military alleges ... were at Tora Bora."[12]
  • Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad was listed as one of the captives who "The military alleges that the following detainees were captured under circumstances that strongly suggest belligerency."[12]
  • Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad was listed as one of the captives who "The military alleges ... served on Osama Bin Laden’s security detail."[12]
  • Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad was listed as one of the captives who was an "al Qaeda operative".[12]
  • Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad was listed as one of the "82 detainees made no statement to CSRT or ARB tribunals or made statements that do not bear materially on the military’s allegations against them."[12]

Habeas corpus petition[edit]

He has had a habeas corpus petition released on his behalf.:[13] An dossier of unclassfied documents from his Tribunal was released in 2005.

Formerly secret Joint Task Force Guantanamo assessment[edit]

On April 25, 2011, whistleblower organization WikiLeaks published formerly secret assessments drafted by Joint Task Force Guantanamo analysts.[14][15] His twelve page Joint Task Force Guantanamo assessment was drafted on February 24, 2008.[16] It was signed by camp commandant Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby. He recommended continued detention.

References[edit]

  1. ^ OARDEC. "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 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2006-05-15.  Works related to List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006 at Wikisource
  2. ^ a b Margot Williams (2008-11-03). "Guantanamo Docket: Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  3. ^ Benjamin Wittes (2016-08-16). "A Big Guantanamo Transfer: Progress Towards the Site's Obsolescence". Lawfare. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ OARDEC (2004-09-21). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Ahmad, Majid Mahmud Abdu" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. p. 47. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  6. ^ OARDEC (November 3, 2005). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Abdu Ahmed, Majid" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. 51–33. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  7. ^ OARDEC (2006-09-26). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Abdu Ahmed, Majid M" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. 71–73. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  8. ^ a b "U.S. military reviews 'enemy combatant' use". USA Today. 2007-10-11. Archived from the original on 2012-08-11. Critics called it an overdue acknowledgment that the so-called Combatant Status Review Tribunals are unfairly geared toward labeling detainees the enemy, even when they pose little danger. Simply redoing the tribunals won't fix the problem, they said, because the system still allows coerced evidence and denies detainees legal representation. 
  9. ^ Guantánamo Prisoners Getting Their Day, but Hardly in Court, New York Times, November 11, 2004 - mirror Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Inside the Guantánamo Bay hearings: Barbarian "Justice" dispensed by KGB-style "military tribunals", Financial Times, December 11, 2004
  11. ^ "Q&A: What next for Guantanamo prisoners?". BBC News. 2002-01-21. Archived from the original on 24 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Benjamin Wittes, Zaathira Wyne (2008-12-16). "The Current Detainee Population of Guantánamo: An Empirical Study" (PDF). The Brookings Institution. Archived from the original on 2012-06-22. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  13. ^ Unclassified dossier from Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad's Combatant Status Review Tribunal
  14. ^ Christopher Hope; Robert Winnett; Holly Watt; Heidi Blake (2011-04-27). "WikiLeaks: Guantanamo Bay terrorist secrets revealed -- Guantanamo Bay has been used to incarcerate dozens of terrorists who have admitted plotting terrifying attacks against the West – while imprisoning more than 150 totally innocent people, top-secret files disclose". The Telegraph (UK). Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-07-13. The Daily Telegraph, along with other newspapers including The Washington Post, today exposes America’s own analysis of almost ten years of controversial interrogations on the world’s most dangerous terrorists. This newspaper has been shown thousands of pages of top-secret files obtained by the WikiLeaks website. 
  15. ^ "WikiLeaks: The Guantánamo files database". The Telegraph (UK). 2011-04-27. Archived from the original on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  16. ^ "Guantanamo Bay detainee file on Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad, US9YM-000041DP, passed to the Telegraph by Wikileaks". The Telegraph (UK). 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2016-08-17.