List of Moroccan detainees at Guantanamo Bay

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There have been approximately fifteen Moroccans detained in Guantanamo. The United States maintained over 750 captives in extrajudicial detention in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] Different sources offer different estimates of the number of Morocco who have been held. The US Department of Defense released what they called an official list of all the detainees who had been held in military custody in Guantanamo. It lists fifteen Moroccan detainees.

List of Moroccan Guantanamo detainees[edit]

isn name place
56 Abdullah Tabarak Ahmad Casablanca 1955-12-12 2002-01-17 2003-07-01
72 Lahcen Ikassrien Targist 1972-10-02 2002-02-08 2005-07-18
  • Originally identified as Reswan A. Abdesalam.[8]
  • His real identity was revealed through his fingerprints.[8]
  • Alleged to have ties to Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, a mastermind of the Madrid bombing.[8]
  • Extradited to stand trial in Spain on July 3, 2005.[8]
  • Acquitted on October 11, 2006.[9]
75 Najib Mohammad Lahassimi Sattat 1978-09-28 2002-02-07 2006-02-07
  • Sentenced to three years for falsifying documents.[10][11][12]
123 Muhammad Hussein Ali Hassan Selwan 1966-12-16 2002-01-21 2006-02-07
133 Mohamed Ibrahim Awzar Koreebja 1979-09-28 2002-01-20 2004-07-31
  • There is no record that a CSR Tribunal was convened for this captive.
150 Said Boujaadia Casablanca May 5, 1968 2002-02-07 2008-04-30
160 Muhammad Ben Moujan Dar Bida 1981-02-14 2002-01-15 2006-10-11
  • Alleged to have attended a military training camp in Afghanistan.
197 Yunis Abdurrahman Shokuri Asafi 1968-04-05 2002-05-01 2015-09-16
237 Mohammed Souleimani Laalami Casablanca 1965-03-04 2002-02-08 2006-02-07
  • Claimed he was beaten into uttering false confessions.[17]
244 Abdul Latif Nasir Casablanca 1965-03-04 2002-05-03
294 Mohammed Mizouz Casablanca 1973-12-31 2002-06-14 2004-07-31
  • Repatriated to Morocco in August 2004 with four other Moroccans.[18]
  • Released on parole, but subsequently re-arrested on November 11, 2005.[18]
  • Mizouz reported guards had urinated on the Koran.[4][19]
499 Radwan Al Shakouri Asafi 1972-02-12 2002-05-01 2004-07-31
534 Tarek Dergoul Mile End, UK 1977-12-11 2002-05-05 2004-03-09
587 Ibrahim Bin Shakaran Casablanca 1979-08-04 2002-05-03 2004-07-31
  • Repatriated to Morocco in August 2004 with four other Moroccans.[18]
  • Released on parole, but subsequently re-arrested on November 11, 2005.[18]
590 Ahmed Rashidi Tanjiers 1966-03-16 2002-06-14 2007-04-28


  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. ^ "Measurements of Heights and Weights of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (ordered and consolidated version)" (PDF). Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas, from DoD data. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-09. Additional archives: 2008-12-21.
  3. ^ OARDEC (2008-10-09). "Consolidate chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased" (PDF). Department of Defense. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-27. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  4. ^ a b Craig Whitlock (January 30, 2006). "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.' 
  5. ^ "Detainee on trial said boss left Guantanamo". Associated Press. 2008-07-24. Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  6. ^ a b Carol Rosenberg (2008-07-25). "U.S. had top al-Qaida guard, let him go free". Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-07-25. Chief among them was Casablanca-born Abdallah Tabarak, then 47, described by St. Ours as 'a hard individual,' and, thanks to Hamdan, 'the head bodyguard of all the bodyguards.' 
  7. ^ Andrew Cohen (2008-07-25). "Ho Hum Hamdan". CBS News. Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-07-25. ...the only true news to have emerged so far from the trial is a colossal embarrassment to the government and has nothing to do with Hamdan. Evidently, Hamdan told his interrogators years ago that they had released from Gitmo (back to Morocco) a "hard guy" terror suspect named Abdellah Tabarak. Oops. Bet the Administration would rather have Tabarak on trial than Hamdan. 
  8. ^ a b c d 3 Guantanamo Detainees Freed, Washington Post, July 3, 2005
  9. ^ Spanish court acquits Moroccan who was held at Guantanamo, International Herald Tribune, October 11, 2006
  10. ^ Morocco sentences three former Guantanamo detainees Archived 2009-05-09 at the Wayback Machine., The Jurist, November 12, 2006
  11. ^ Morocco Jails 3 Ex-Guantanamo Detainees, Associated Press, November 10, 2006
  12. ^ Rabat jails ex-Guantanamo detainees[permanent dead link], Al Jazeera, November 12, 2006
  13. ^ Summary of Evidence memo (.pdf) prepared for Yunis Abdurrahman Shokuri's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - November 16, 2004 - page 69
  14. ^ "10th Moroccan detainee transferred home from Guantanamo". International Herald Tribune. 2005-10-23. Archived from the original on 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  15. ^ "Guantánamo sends Moroccan prisoner home". 
  16. ^ Jan K. Kitchel (2008-07-15). "Guantanamo Bay Detainee Litigation: Doc 64 -- PETITIONER'S REQUEST FOR 30-DAY NOTICE OF REMOVAL OR TRANSFER". United States Department of Justice. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  17. ^ Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Mohammed Souleimani Laalami's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 72-74
  18. ^ a b c d "Morocco Dismantles Terror Network, Arrests 17". Fox News. November 20, 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  19. ^ "The Americans urinated on the Qur'an and sexually abused us". Center for the study of Human Rights in the Americas. April 11, 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  20. ^ Factual errors cited in cases against detainees: Lawyers demand new trial system at Guantanamo, Boston Globe, July 14, 2006