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Jabir Hasan Muhamed Al Qahtani is a Saudi Arabian citizen who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internee Security Number is 650. The Department of Defense reports that he was born on February 10, 1978, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Background

Historian Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files described Jabir as one of the captives who was an aid worker, with no credible ties to terrorism.[2][3][4]

On March 3, 2006, in partial compliance to a court order from US District Court Justice Jed Rakoff, the US Department of Defense started releasing official documents illuminating the identities of Guantanamo detainees. They released transcripts and statements from the Combatant Status Review Tribunals and Administrative Review Board hearings. Jabir Hasan Muhamed Al Qahtani did not participate in either his CSRT or his ARB.

On April 20, 2006 the DoD released the names of 558 detainees for whom a CSRT met to reviewe whether they had previously been correctly classified as "enemy combatants".[5] Jabir Hasan Muhamed Al Qahtani's name is on this list, showing that his case would have been considered by a CSRT.

Combatant Status Review Tribunal

Initially the Bush administration asserted that they could withhold all the protections of the Geneva Conventions to captives from the war on terror. This policy was challenged before the Judicial branch. Critics argued that the USA could not evade its obligation to conduct competent tribunals to determine whether captives are, or are not, entitled to the protections of prisoner of war status.

Subsequently the Department of Defense instituted the Combatant Status Review Tribunals. The Tribunals, however, were not authorized to determine whether the captives were lawful combatants -- rather they were merely empowered to make a recommendation as to whether the captive had previously been correctly determined to match the Bush administration's definition of an enemy combatant.

There is no record that Jabir Hasan Muhamed Al Qahtani chose to participate in his Combatant Status Review Tribunal.

References

  1. List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006. United States Department of Defense. Retrieved on 2006-05-15. Wikisource-logo.svg 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. Andy Worthington (2007-11-11). "Innocents and Foot Soldiers: The Stories of the 14 Saudis Just Released From Guantánamo". Archived from the original on 2010-02-02. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.andyworthington.co.uk%2F2007%2F11%2F12%2Finnocents-and-foot-soldiers-the-stories-of-the-14-saudis-just-released-from-guantanamo%2F&date=2010-02-02. "Al-Wafa litters the story of 23-year old Jabir al-Qahtani, but none of the allegations come close to any evidence of militant activity. By the time of his last administrative review, in April 2006, all the authorities had managed to come up with were allegations that he traveled to Lahore in March 2001, “with his travel partly financed by the head of al-Wafa,” that he worked in a warehouse in Lahore for six months, and that he then moved to a warehouse in Kabul..." 
  3. Andy Worthington. "The Guantánamo Files: Website Extras (11) – The Last of the Afghans (Part One) and Six "Ghost Prisoners"". Archived from the original on 2010-02-02. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.andyworthington.co.uk%2Fthe-guantanamo-files-website-extras-11-the-last-of-the-afghans-part-one-and-six-ghost-prisoners%2F&date=2010-02-02. "Unlike Zaban al-Shammari, Jabir al-Qahtani, who was released in November 2007, appears to have had no connections whatsoever with militancy or the training camp system, and was, instead, a humanitarian aid worker who traveled to Lahore in March 2001 to work for al-Wafa, the Saudi-based charity that was regarded by the US authorities as a front for terrorist activities...." 
  4. Raid Qusti (2007-11-11). "14 More Return From Guantanamo Camp". Arab News. Archived from the original on 2010-02-02. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.arabnews.com%2F%3Fpage%3D1%26section%3D0%26article%3D103437%26d%3D11%26m%3D11%26y%3D2007&date=2010-02-02. "The father of detainee Jaber Al-Qahtani said he had received a call from an official in the Interior Ministry that his son would soon arrive from the US detention center. 'We are thankful to the Interior Ministry for all their efforts to bring the detainees home. And above all, we are thankful to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Interior Minister Prince Naif,' said Hassan Al-Qahtani." 
  5. list of prisoners (.pdf), US Department of Defense, April 20, 2006

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