Mohammed Omar (child detainee)
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|Born||1986 (age 28–29)
|Charge(s)||No charge (held in extrajudicial detention)|
Mohammed Omar is a citizen of Pakistan who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States's Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006. His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 540. JTF-GTMO analysts estimate he was born in 1986 in Larkana, Pakistan, which means he was 15–16 years old when first detained.
Mohammed Omar was one of the 201 detainees who were released or repatriated prior to review of "enemy combatant status" by a Combatant Status Review Tribunal, established after the United States Supreme Court decision in Rasul v. Bush (2004).
According to a 2008 article by McClatchy News, Omar was reincarcerated by Pakistan after being returned there.
The McClatchy reporter was extremely skeptical of the rest of Mohammed Omar's story, and of that of Khalil Rahman Hafez, another minor captured in Herat, Afghanistan. According to the McClatchy reporter:
- The two denied going to Afghanistan together or even being arrested together, but it seems highly unlikely that a boy from the Pakistani province of Sindh (Omar) and a boy from Punjab (Rahman) coincidentally ended up together in a western Afghan province in the middle of a war with equally flimsy stories.
The McClatchy reporter stated that Mohammed Omar told him that his father had forced him to attend a Pakistani madrassa in Shahdadkot, Pakistan, and he decided to run away. He said an older man at the madrassa had told him he could get him into an acting academy, an offer that at 17 years old, and as a big fan of Bollywood films, Omar found attractive. But, once he left the madrassa, his companion and some associates pushed him into a car, and he was taken to Herat, against his will.
- "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 2006-05-15.
- OARDEC (April 20, 2006). "list of prisoners" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
- Tom Lasseter (June 15, 2008). "Guantanamo Inmate Database: Mohammed Omar". McClatchy News Service. Retrieved 2008-06-15. mirror
- Tom Lasseter (June 15, 2008). "Guantanamo Inmate Database: Page 3". McClatchy News Service. Retrieved 2008-06-16. mirror
- Tom Lasseter (June 18, 2008). "U.S. hasn't apologized to or compensated ex-detainees". Myrtle Beach Sun. Retrieved 2008-06-18. mirror
- Tom Lasseter (June 15, 2008). "Pentagon declined to answer questions about detainees". McClatchy News Service. Retrieved 2008-06-20. mirror
- Tom Lasseter (June 16, 2008). "Documents undercut Pentagon's denial of routine abuse". McClatchy News Service. Retrieved 2008-06-20. mirror
- Tom Lasseter (June 19, 2008). "Deck stacked against detainees in legal proceedings". McClatchy News Service. Retrieved 2008-06-20. mirror
- Tom Lasseter (June 16, 2008). "U.S. abuse of detainees was routine at Afghanistan bases". McClatchy News Service. Retrieved 2008-06-20. mirror
- "The Pentagon Can’t Count: 22 Juveniles Held at Guantánamo", Andy Worthington
- McClatchy News Service - video