Mohammed Omar (child detainee)

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Mohammed Omar
Born 1986 (age 28–29)
Larkana, Pakistan
Detained at Guantanamo
ISN 540
Charge(s) No charge (held in extrajudicial detention)
Status Repatriated

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.[1] 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).[2]

According to a 2008 article by McClatchy News, Omar was reincarcerated by Pakistan after being returned there.[3]

McClatchy interview[edit]

On June 15, 2008, the McClatchy News Service published articles based on interviews with 66 former Guantanamo detainees. [3][4][5][6][7][8][9] Mohammed Omar was a madrassa student.

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.[3] 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.[3]
In separate interviews, they each said they were held at Herat's central jail for three months, then transferred to American forces at Kandahar Airfield for five to six months before they were flown to Guantanamo.[3]

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.[3] 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.


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