Jabran al-Qahtani

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Jabran Said bin Al Qahtani
ISN 00696, Jabran Sa'ad Wazar's Guantanamo detainee assessment.pdf
Born1977 (age 42–43)
Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
ArrestedMarch 2, 2002
CIA, Pakistani security officials
Saudi Arabia
CitizenshipSaudi Arabia
Detained atGuantanamo
Alternate nameJabran Said Wazar Al Qahtani
Charge(s)War crimes charges have been dismissed.
StatusRepatriated 2017-01-19

Jabran Said bin Al Qahtani is a Saudi who was held in extrajudicial detention for almost fifteen years in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] Joint Task Force Guantanamo analysts estimate he was born in 1977, in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia.

Al Qahtani arrived at Guantanamo on August 5, 2002, and was transferred to the United Arab Emirates on January 19, 2017.[2][3][4][5]

He graduated from the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia with an engineering degree.[5]

Inconsistent identification[edit]

Jabran Said Wazar al Qahtani was named inconsistently on various documents released by the Department of Defense:

  • He was called Jabran Said Wazar Al Qahtani on the Summary of Evidence memo prepared for his Combatant Status Review Tribunal, on August 30, 2004, and on three official list of captive's names.[1][6][7][8]
  • He was called Jabran Said Bin Al Qahtani on the charges he faced before a military commission, on November 7, 2005.[9]

Charges before a military commission[edit]

$12 million tent city built at Guantanamo for up to 80 of Military Commissions authorized in 2006

On November 7, 2005, the United States charged Jabran al Qahtani and four other detainees.[9] The Bush administration intends to prosecute these detainees before a military commission. Al Qahtani, Sufyian tBarhoumi, Binyam Ahmed Muhammad, and Ghassan Abdullah al Sharbi face conspiracy to murder charges in relation to being part of a bomb-making cell. The Canadian citizen, 18-year-old Omar Khadr, faces both murder and conspiracy to murder charges.

Al Qahtani, Barhoumi and Al Sharbi were dubbed "The Faisalabad Three" because they were captured together in that city.[10] The three were captured with Abu Zubaydah, long believed to be a senior member of the al Qaeda leadership, in a safehouse in Faisalabad, Pakistan. The three are believed to have been members of Zubaydah's entourage. Zubaydah was later found to be a low-level functionary.

The three detainees kept insisting they wanted to defend themselves without the help of military or civilian attorneys.

In April 2006, al-Qahtani was one of three detainees charged in a military commission with being part of a bomb-making cell. He had boycotted the tribunals; his defense attorney, Army Lt. Col. Bryan Broyles, said that rights advocates have criticized the tribunals as "stacked to deliver convictions".[11]

At the time, the tribunals were being challenged at the Supreme Court level. In Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006), the court found they were unconstitutional, as the executive branch had set up a separate judicial system outside the existing civil and military systems. In addition, it faulted the commissions for failures to protect defendants' rights. That year, Congress passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006, to authorize a separate system to prosecute enemy combatants and respond to issues raised by the Court. But, it also restricted detainees' access to federal courts and the use of the habeas corpus process. Pending suits were stayed.

Al Qahtani and the other men were re-charged in May 2008. On October 21, 2008, Susan J. Crawford, the Bush official in charge of convening the Office of Military Commissions, announced that the charges were dropped against Jabran Al Qahtani and four other captives, Binyam Mohamed, Ghassan al Sharbi, Sufyian Barhoumi, and Noor Uthman Muhammed.[12][13] Carol J. Williams, writing in the Los Angeles Times reports that all five men had been connected to Abu Zubaydah—one of the three captives whom the CIA has acknowledged was interrogated using the technique known as "waterboarding", commonly thought of as torture.

Williams said the men's attorneys expected new charges to be filed against the five within 30 days.[13] They told Williams that: "... prosecutors called the move procedural", and attributed it to the resignation of the Prosecutor Darrel Vandeveld, who resigned on ethical grounds. Williams reported that Clive Stafford Smith, legal director of Reprieve, which represents numerous detainees, speculated that the Prosecution's dropping of the charges was intended to counter and disarm the testimony Vandeveld was expected to offer, that the Prosecution had withheld exculpatory evidence.

Joint Review Task Force[edit]

When he assumed office in January 2009, President Barack Obama made a number of promises about the future of Guantanamo.[14][15] [16] He promised the use of torture would cease at the camp. He promised to institute a new review system. That new review system was composed of officials from six departments, where the OARDEC reviews were conducted entirely by the Department of Defense. When it reported back, a year later, the Joint Review Task Force classified some individuals as too dangerous to be transferred from Guantanamo, even though there was no evidence to justify laying charges against them. On April 9, 2013, that document was made public after a Freedom of Information Act request.[17] Jabran al-Qahtani was one of the 71 individuals deemed too innocent to charge, but too dangerous to release. Although Obama promised that those deemed too innocent to charge, but too dangerous to release would start to receive reviews from a Periodic Review Board less than a quarter of men have received a review.


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ "Measurements of Heights and Weights of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (ordered and consolidated version)". Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas, from DoD data. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-21.
  3. ^ "Detainee Transfers Announced". US Department of Defense. 2017-01-19. Retrieved 2017-01-20. The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of three detainees: Ravil Mingazov, Haji Wali Muhammed, and Yassim Qasim Mohammed Ismail Qasim from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the government of the United Arab Emirates.
  4. ^ William Theisen (2017-01-20). "Four Guantanamo detainees transferred on Obama's final day in office". The Jurist. Retrieved 2017-01-20. The announcements came on the final full day of President Barack Obama's administration.
  5. ^ a b Margot Williams (2008-11-03). "Guantanamo Docket: Jabran Said Wazar al Qahtani". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  6. ^ OARDEC (April 20, 2006). "List of detainee who went through complete CSRT process" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-29.
  7. ^ OARDEC (July 17, 2007). "Index for Combatant Status Review Board unclassified summaries of evidence" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-29.
  8. ^ OARDEC (30 August 2004). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal - Al Qahtani, Jabran Said Wazar" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. p. 62. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  9. ^ a b "USA v. al Qahtani" (PDF). US Department of Defense. November 7, 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-27.
  10. ^ A Dilemma for the Defenders Archived 2009-09-04 at WebCite, Los Angeles Times, April 30, 2006
  11. ^ David Morgan, "Saudi Man Admits Enemy Role at Guantanamo Hearing" Archived 2016-01-13 at the Wayback Machine, Reuters, 26 April 2006, at Cageprisoners, accessed 12 February 2013
  12. ^ Jane Sutton (2008-10-21). "U.S. drops charges against 5 Guantanamo captives". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
  13. ^ a b Carol J. Williams (2008-10-21). "War crimes charges dropped against 5 in Guantanamo". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
  14. ^ Peter Finn (January 22, 2010). "Justice task force recommends about 50 Guantanamo detainees be held indefinitely". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2015-05-19. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  15. ^ Peter Finn (May 29, 2010). "Most Guantanamo detainees low-level fighters, task force report says". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2015-05-19. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  16. ^ Andy Worthington (June 11, 2010). "Does Obama Really Know or Care About Who Is at Guantánamo?". Archived from the original on 2010-06-16. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  17. ^ "71 Guantanamo Detainees Determined Eligible to Receive a Periodic Review Board as of April 19, 2013". Joint Review Task Force. 2013-04-09. Archived from the original on 2015-05-19. Retrieved 2015-05-18.

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