Human rights worker assert that Rasul Kuldayev was so severely beaten by his Russian interrogators it left his face permanently disfigured.
January 23, 1984 |
Prohladsk, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
|Alternate name||Abdullah D. Kafkas|
|Charge(s)||No charge (held in extrajudicial detention)|
Rasul Kudayev is a Russian citizen who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. Kudayev is a Muslim from the Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.
In 1995, while a young teenager, Kudayev won a wrestling championship. His mother and brother stated that, in 2000, while still a teenager, Kudayev traveled to Central Asia to advance his sports career.
Kudayev, and six other Russian Guantanamo detainees (including Ruslan Odizhev who also lived in Nalchik), were repatriated to Russia, where they faced charges of illegal border crossing, being members of a criminal group and being a mercenary in an armed conflict, but were released without trial shortly after.
On December 2, 2008 he was reported to have been seriously ill. According to Human Rights Watch Kudayev has yet to stand trial. They reported that he acquired serious liver disease in Guantanamo, which Russian authorities have declined to treat. They report that he was receiving medical treatment for his liver disease at the time authorities assert he was engaging in the Nalchik attack. They claim his confession was coerced through beatings and coercive interrogation techniques.
Rasul Kudayev was taken into custody in October 2005. The Washington Post reported he was apprehended: "in the southern Russian city of Nalchik after an assault on government facilities." Russian authorities have held him in extrajudicial detention—they have not laid any charges against him.
In December 2014 the court case on the raid was still in progress.
Pentagon claim he had "returned to the fight"
|This section's factual accuracy is disputed. (July 2009)|
On May 20, 2009, the New York Times, citing an unreleased Pentagon document, reported that Department of Defense officials claimed Rasul Kudayev was one of 74 former Guantanatmo captives who "are engaged in terrorism or militant activity."
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