Mosa Zi Zemmori

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Mosa Zi Zemmori
Born (1978-08-03)August 3, 1978
Wilrijk, Belgium
Citizenship Belgian
Detained at Guantanamo
ISN 270
Charge(s) No charge (held in extrajudicial detention)
Status repatriated

Hafiz Mosa Zi Zemmori is a Belgian citizen who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo detainee ID number was 270. The Department of Defense reports that his date of birth is August 3, 1978, in Wilrijk, Belgium. He was repatriated to Belgium on April 25, 2005.[2] When he was arrested he was characterized as a Moroccan, or a Belgian, from Morocco, although the DoD says he was born in Belgium.[3][4][5]


Press reports routinely assert Zemmori was detained while in Kandahar, in the south of Afghanistan.[3][4][5] But the official DoD allegations against Zemmori acknowledge he was detained in Pakistan, after turning himself in to Pakistani officials.[6] Those documents say he was transferred to a detention facility in Kandahar.

Combatant Status Review[edit]

Administrative Review Board[edit]

Detainees whose Combatant Status Review Tribunal labeled them "enemy combatants" were scheduled for annual Administrative Review Board hearings. These hearings were designed to assess the threat a detainee might pose if released or transferred, and whether there were other factors that warranted his continued detention.[7]


Zemmori was repatriated to Belgium on April 25, 2005 along with Mesut Sen. [2] Reuters reports he was held, for a time, by Belgian authorities.[5]

July 2015 arrest[edit]

Security officials from Belgium reported that five men recently arrested for playing a role in an armed robbery that was intended to raise funds to support jihadism included two former Guantanamo captives.[3][4][5] The arrests occurred on July 22, 2015, but were not reported in the English-speaking press until July 24. The Guardian and Reuters both described Zemmori as a " a 37-year-old Belgian of Moroccan origin". CNN described him as "a Moroccan national born in Antwerp.". The Department of Defense described him a Belgian citizen, born in Wilrijk, Belgium. a 37-year-old Belgian of Moroccan origin,

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  1. ^ OARDEC. "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. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2006-05-15.  Works related to List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006 at Wikisource
  2. ^ a b "Timeline: Guantanamo Bay prison". Al Jazeera. 2009-10-07. Archived from the original on 2011-12-30. Retrieved 2015-07-26. April 25: Mosa Zi Zemmori and Mesut Sen are repatriated to Belgium. 
  3. ^ a b c "Two former Guantánamo inmates arrested in Belgium on terror charges". The Guardian. 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2015-07-26. Zemmouri, who was the only one of the five not arrested at the scene, was locked up in Guantánamo from 2001 to 2005 on suspicion of belonging to the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM), blamed for attacks in Casablanca and Madrid. 
  4. ^ a b c Paul Cruikshank (2015-07-24). "Official: Two former Guantanamo detainees arrested in Belgium". CNN. Retrieved 2015-07-26. One of the former Guantanamo Bay detainees was Moussa Zemmouri, 37, a Moroccan national born in Antwerp, Belgian federal prosecutors announced Friday. 
  5. ^ a b c d Robin Emmott (2015-07-24). "Belgium arrests two ex-Guantanamo inmates on terrorism charges". Brussels: Reuters. Retrieved 2015-07-26. Zemmouri was captured in the Kandahar region in southern Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was flown back to Belgium in April 2005 and later released after spending time in a Belgian prison. 
  6. ^ Margot Williams (2008-11-03). "Guantanamo Docket: Mosa Zi Zemmori". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  7. ^ "Annual Administrative Review Boards for Enemy Combatants Held at Guantanamo Attributable to Senior Defense Officials". March 6, 2007. Retrieved November 12, 2010.