Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep

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Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep
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Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep in 2008
Born (1976-12-26) December 26, 1976 (age 46)[1][2]
Johor, Malaysia
Bangkok, Thailand
Royal Thai Police
Detained at CIA black sites, Guantanamo
Other name(s) Lillie, Bin Lep, Bin Lap, Ali, Mohammad Nasir Bin Lep, Bashir Bin Lep
Charge(s)Charged before a military commission in 2021.

Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep (also referred to as Lillie) is a Malaysian national alleged to be affiliated with Jemaah Islamiyah and al-Qaeda, currently in American DoD custody in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. He is one of 119 detainees previously held at secret Black Sites abroad,[3] which included being subjected to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques.[4][5] He is currently awaiting trial in a military commission. In the ODNI biographies, Bin Lep is described as a high value detainee and lieutenant of Hambali (along with another alleged subordinate, Mohamad Farik Amin). He was transferred from clandestine custody to the Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba, on September 6, 2006.

Early life[edit]

Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep was born in 1976 in Johor, Malaysia. Bin Lep received a degree in architecture from Polytechnic University Malaysia. After completing his degree, Bin Lep completed compulsory military service in the Malaysian Army.[4]

Guantanamo detainment[edit]

Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep has been detained in Guantanamo Bay since 2006 when he was transferred into DoD custody. Throughout Bin Lap's internment, the Malaysian Government has sought to repatriate him in addition to another Malaysian national held in Guantanamo Bay.[6]


In August 2021, Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep, Hambali, and Mohamad Farik Amin were charged by the United States government with murder and terrorism for their involvement in the 2003 Marriott Hotel bombing.[7]

Guantanamo Review Task Force[edit]

On January 21, 2009, the day he was inaugurated, United States President Barack Obama issued three executive orders related to the detention of individuals in Guantanamo Bay detention camp.[8][9][10][11] 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 Guantanamo Review Task Force classified some individuals as too dangerous to be transferred from Guantanamo, even though there was insufficient evidence to justify charging them. On April 9, 2013, that document was made public after a Freedom of Information Act request.[12] Bin Lep was one of the 71 individuals deemed unable to be charged due to insufficient evidence, but too dangerous to release. Obama said those deemed unable to be charged due to insufficient evidence but too dangerous to release would start to receive reviews from a Periodic Review Board.

Periodic Review Board[edit]

The first review wasn't convened until November 20, 2013.[13] As of 15 April 2016, 29 individuals had reviews, but Bin Lep wasn't one of them. Bin Lep was denied approval for transfer on September 15, 2016.[14]


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  13. ^ "Periodic Review Secretariat: Review Information". Periodic Review Secretariat. Archived from the original on 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  14. ^ Final determination Department of Defense

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