Mohammed Bin Ahmad Mizouz

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Mohammed Mizouz
Born (1973-12-31)December 31, 1973
Casablanca, Morocco
Detained at Kandahar detention facility
Bagram
Guantanamo
Alternate name Mohammed Mazouz
ISN 294
Charge(s) No charge
Status Released

Mohammed Mizouz is a citizen of Morocco who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 294. Joint Task Force Guantanamo counter-terrorism analysts report he was born on December 31, 1973, in Casablanca, Morocco.

Release[edit]

Mizouz was one of the 201 Guantanamo captives released prior to the completion of the Combatant Status Review Tribunals that were initiated in August 2004, following the United States Supreme Court's ruling in Rasul v. Bush.[2][3]

April 2005 interview[edit]

During an interview on April 11, 2005 in the La Gazette du Maroc Mizouz described his capture, and the conditions of his detention and interrogation.[3] According to Mizouz he had gone to Pakistan to get married. He was arrested in Pakistan, by Pakistani authorities, on August 26, 2001 while walking with his brother-in-law in Karachi.

He said he hadn't heard from his wife since his capture, and didn't know what had happened to her.

Mizouz described cruel treatment in Pakistani custody. He described being transferred to American custody in the Kandahar detention facility.

I underwent every form of torture from the Pakistani authorities, without the police having laid any charge against me. I was tortured and I did not even know for what reason I was arrested. Nobody told me the reason for my presence in this horrible prison. We were beaten, trampled underfoot, kept without food, without water, being unable to wash ourselves, being unable to cut our beard and hair, agglutinated the ones on the others, under inhuman conditions. The most important thing to raise here is that all of us were put in chains of iron using a steel stick which bound our feet to our belt. This literally paralyzed us. It was if we had a stake, stuck in our body. We ate with it, we relieved our natural needs with it and that lasted for several weeks. They removed these iron bars on the last day before the transfer to Kandahar.

According to Mizouz his transfer to American custody was in December 2001. Prior to his transfer he was visited by some Americans who said they were from Amnesty International, who he was sure were actually American counter-terrorism analysts.

Mizouz expressed dissatisfaction with efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross on their behalf, and expressing suspicion that the Red Cross was assisting the American effort:

"But I want to underline a point that your readers and the public opinion must know. The Red Cross did not do anything at all for us for all this period of detention in Afghanistan or in Guantanamo. Its presence was useless. The only thing that it did was to procure us some letters. I am even sure that they were there to serve the Americans and to bring assistance to them. In short, the Red Cross contented itself to play the role of postman and that’s all."

Mizouz described brutal beatings in Kandahar, being exposed to the freezing cold winter weather, prior to interrogations, and the use of electric shock, during his interrogations, and immersions in freezing cold water.

Mizouz was then transferred to the Bagram Collection Point. Mizouz said that after his release, when he read about the Abu Ghraib torture and abuse that occurred in 2003 he recognized that all of these techniques were techniques used when he was being held in Bagram in 2002. He also described injections with psychotropic drugs.

And Mizouz described Americans in Bagram urinating on the Koran.

Mizouz said he was transferred to Guantanamo on June 15, 2006. Beatings by the guards, mystery injections continued. He also described all the captives suffering from painful hemorrhoids from the humiliating body cavity searches, forced enemas, and the introduction of drugs via the anus.

With very few exceptions American spokesmen decline to address claims of abuse from specific Guantanamo captives. But, they have offered general assurances that American captives receive humane care and treatment.

Moroccan arrest[edit]

According to Fox News Mizouz, another former Guantanamo captive named Brahim Benchekroun, and fifteen other Moroccans who were not former Guantanamo captives, were rounded up on November 11, 2005.[4]

Defense Intelligence Agency claims he "returned to terrorism"[edit]

The Defense Intelligence Agency asserted Ibrahim Bin Shakaran had "returned to terrorism".[5] The DIA reported:

Ibrahim Bin Shakaran and Mohammed Bin Ahmad Mizouz were transferred to Morocco in July 2004. In September 2007, they were convicted for their post-release involvement in a terrorist network recruiting Moroccans to fight for Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi’s al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI). Recruits were to receive weapons and explosives training in Algeria from the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, which has since become al Qaida in the Lands of the Maghreb, before going to fight in Iraq or returning to Morocco as sleeper cells. The organizers of the group reportedly intended to create an al-Qaida-affiliated network in the Maghreb similar to AQI. According to testimony presented at the trial, Bin Shakaran had already recruited other jihadists when Moroccan authorities broke up the plot in November 2005. Bin Shakaran received a 10-year sentence for his role in the plot, while Mizouz received a two-year sentence.

Middle East Eye named Mizouz, Mohamed Alami, and Brahim Benchekroun, three former Guantanamo detainees who joined Harakat Sham al-Islam - an organization for Moroccans who planned to travel to Syria to fight in the conflict there.[6]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Craig Whitlock (2006-01-30). "Al Qaeda Detainee's Mysterious Release: Moroccan Spoke Of Aiding Bin Laden During 2001 Escape". Washington Post. p. A01. Retrieved 2008-03-03. Moroccan interrogators visited Tabarak and other Moroccan detainees at Guantanamo on two occasions and urged them to cooperate, according to his attorney and two fellow prisoners. 'They came to see us and brought us coffee and sandwiches,' said Mohammed Mazouz, one of the Moroccans who was later released with Tabarak. 'But the Americans, they would just abuse us.' 
  3. ^ a b "The Americans urinated on the Qur'an and sexually abused us". Center for the study of Human Rights in the Americas. 2005-04-11. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Morocco Dismantles Terror Network, Arrests 17". Fox News. November 20, 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Fact Sheet: Former GTMO Detainee Terrorism Trends" (PDF). Defense Intelligence Agency. 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2008-07-26.  mirror
  6. ^ Ilhem Rachidi (2017-04-11). "Return of the radicals: The fate awaiting Moroccan militants". Middle East Eye. Archived from the original on 2017-04-11. Retrieved 2017-04-11. Benchekroun - who was killed in Syria in 2014 - was accused of fighting in Afghanistan following his arrest in 2002 in Pakistan and imprisoned in Bagram, Kandahar, then Guantanamo in 2004, from where he was transferred to Morocco. He was released in 2005, only to be arrested again months later accused of recruiting combatants for Iraq.