Ruhal Ahmed

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Ruhal Ahmed
Ruhal Ahmed in 2007
BornRhuhel Ahmed
(1981-11-03) 3 November 1981 (age 41)
Birmingham, West Midlands, England
ArrestedGeneral Dostum
Detained at Guantanamo Bay detention camp
Charge(s)No charge (held in extrajudicial detention)
SpouseShaeda Ahmed
ParentsRiasoth Ahmed (father)
Interview with Ruhal Ahmed by Laura Poitras in 2010

Ruhal Ahmed (also spelled Rhuhel Ahmed) (born 3 November 1981)[1] is a British citizen who was detained without trial for over two years by the United States government, beginning in Afghanistan in 2001, and then in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. His Internment Serial Number was 110. Ahmed was returned to the United Kingdom in March 2004, where he was released the next day without charges.[2]

He was one of three British men, friends from Tipton, United Kingdom, who had been detained. They became known as the Tipton Three. In August 2004, Ahmed, Shafiq Rasul and Asif Iqbal compiled and released a report on their abuses while in US custody.[3]

In Rasul v. Rumsfeld, the Tipton Three and Jamal Udeen Al-Harith, four former Guantánamo Bay internees, sued former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. They charge that illegal interrogation tactics were permitted to be used against them by Rumsfeld and the US military chain of command.

The 2006 film, The Road to Guantánamo, is a docu-drama by Michael Winterbottom depicting their account of their detention. Ahmed was refused a visa by Australia to travel there to promote the film.[4]

Travel and detention[edit]

With his friends Shafiq Rasul and Asif Iqbal, Ahmed in October 2001, weeks after the 9/11 attacks in the United States, travelled to Pakistan for a friend's wedding[citation needed]. While there, they went into Afghanistan and got caught when war broke out with the US and its allies[citation needed]. They were captured by soldiers of the Northern Alliance and transferred to the custody of the US Army, as they had lost all their identification and luggage[citation needed]. They were detained there and transported to Guantanamo Bay detention camps on US territory in Cuba, where they were severely interrogated and treated as enemy combatants[citation needed].

Return to UK[edit]

They were returned to the UK in March 2004, and released the next day without charges.

In August 2004, they compiled and released a report on their abuses while in US custody.[3]

Three suicides at Guantanamo, June 2006[edit]

The Associated Press quoted Ahmed following the US announcement of the deaths of three detainees at Guantanamo in June 2006, who were alleged to have committed suicide.[5] He said, "There is no hope in Guantanamo. The only thing that goes through your mind day after day is how to get justice or how to kill yourself. It is the despair - not the thought of martyrdom - that consumes you there." He went on, "A Saudi detainee in the cell in front of us had had enough. We could hear him rip up his sheets and tie it to the wire mesh roof of the cell. He jumped off his sink and tried to hang himself. We shouted to the military police and they came and saved him." Last, he said, "It's weird because when we left we weren't even that religious, We were young - average British lads. Obviously if we knew what we were getting ourselves into we would have never gone."

Ahmed has taken part in a campaign against torture, organized by Amnesty International.[6]

McClatchy interview[edit]

On 15 June 2008, the McClatchy News Service published articles based on interviews with 66 former Guantanamo captives. McClatchy reporters interviewed Ruhal Ahmed in Britain.[7][8]

Ahmed said when he returned to Tipton, someone had hung an effigy clad in an orange Guantanamo overall, labelled "Tipton Taliban will die."[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Five of nine Britons released from Guantanamo Bay". BBC News. 9 March 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2005.
  3. ^ a b "Britons allege Guantanamo abuse". BBC News. 4 August 2004. Retrieved 29 September 2005.
  4. ^ "ASIO thwarts film promotion". The Sydney Morning Herald. 28 October 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2006.
  5. ^ "AP: Gitmo Movie Subjects Discuss Suicide". The Washington Post. 12 June 2006. Retrieved 26 December 2006.
  6. ^ "Amnestys frontfigur förespråkar dödsstraff". Aftonbladet. 26 June 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
  7. ^ a b Lasseter, Tom (15 June 2008). "Guantanamo Inmate Database". McClatchy News Service. p. 6. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
  8. ^ Lasseter, Tom (15 June 2008). "Guantanamo Inmate Database: Ruhal Ahmed". McClatchy News Service. p. 6. Archived from the original on 20 September 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2008.

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