CID Report (Death): 0140-03-CID389-61697

Report of investigation into an undetermined death of Abdureda Lafta Abdul Kareem, also known as Abu Malik Kenami, a detainee held in a military police battalion in Mosul, Iraq. According to the investigation, Abdul Kareem was found unresponsive in his cell. He had no known medical history and had not requested medical assistance prior to his death. The investigation could not determine a cause of death because an autopsy was not performed.

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY 31 5' MILITARY POLICE DETACHMENT (CID) (FWD) 3d MILITARY POLICE GROUP (CID) (FWD) UNITED STATES ARMY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION COMMAND APO AE 09325-6169
REPLY TO
ATTENTION OF

1 January 2004CIRC-CFC (195-2)
MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION
SUBJECT: CID REPORT OF INVESTIGATION — FINAL — 0140-03-C1D389-61697 — 5H9B
DATES/TIMES/LOCATIONS OF OCCURRENCES:
1. 9 Dec 2003/0300 — 9 Dec 2003/0730; 2d Brigade Holding Area, located at Grid Coordinate 38S LF 308 190, Mosul, Iraq
DATE/TIME REPORTED: 9 Dec 03, 0930
INVESTIGATED BY: SAMIlaiiiikaiiiiitaMIR, SA4111.61Cligall¦IP SA ; SA araitiiiIMIANIMIWN bl.cydpiii72-
SUBJECT: 1. NONE [UNDETERMINED MANNER OF DEATH]
1. ABDUL KAREEM, ABDUREDA LAFTA (DECEASED); 25 OCT 1959;
VICTIM:.
BAGHDAD, IRAQ; M; OTHER; [NFI] [UNDETERMINED MANNER OF DEATH]
INVESTIGATIVE SUMMARY:
This is an "Operation Iraqi Freedom" Investigation.
This investigation was initiated when the S-3 Sergeant Major, 503 rd Military Police Battalion
(Mosul, Iraq), reported a detainee in the 2d Brigade detainee holding area died while in U.S.
custody.

The investigation established Mr. ABDUL KAREEM was found unresponsive by guards who
were conducting a routine morning wake-up Rfill of the detainees. He was last seen alive a few
hours earlier when he was provided a blanket by a guard.

There were no signs to indicate abuse or foul play was a factor in his death. A cursory examination of Mr. ABDUL KAREEM by medical and CID personnel did not reveal any clear signs of what may have caused his death. There was no known medical history of Mr. ABDUL KAREEM, nor had he requested medical assistance prior to his death.
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U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND 7115 SOUTH BOUNDARY BLVD ATTN: CCJ6-DM MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE FLORIDA 33621-5101
MS. JACQUELINE SCOTT scottj@centcom.smil.mil
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CID Form 66
1. Date: 2. Time Received: 7. Case Number:
9 DEC 03 3. Offense(s): 0930 0140-03-C1D389-61697 8. Assigned To•.IC"C".—I
UNDETERMINED MANNER OF DEATH
4. Subject(s): 9. Type Of Action:
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5. Victim(s): 10. Reports
Mr AbduredaLafta ABDUL KAREEM Type Suspense Completed
(Iraqi Detainee) 3¦45 Net o 1 lb Orro3
6. Case Description:
Mr ABDUL KAREEM DIED WHILE IN U.S. CUSTODY
This is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Investigation.
11..Other Action 12. CID Funds
Action Required Completed Date Amount
Criminal Info
Evidence Cust

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
22nd MILITARY POLICE BATTALION (CID)
UNITED STATES ARMY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION COMMAND
APO AE 09342

25 May 04
CIMPL-OP
MEMORANDUM FOR Commander, HQUSACIDC, ATTN: CIOP-COP-OP, 6010 6 th Street, Ft Belvoir, VA 22060
SUBJECT: Request for Information (RFI 0212-04-CID001)
1.
A review of CID Report of Investigation 0140-03-CID389-61697 reflected it was weak in Thoroughness and Timeliness. The investigation was Timely Reported.

2.
There is no documentation in the AIR, Final, or an MFR, explaining the lack of an autopsy. On 10 Dec 03, the ASAC wrote in the AAS: "Battalion & Group ruled no autopsy & the body can be released to the NOK." The Battalion and Group POCs are not identified; nor is why they made this decision. No interrogators were interviewed. The doctor who declared the victim deceased and completed the death certificate was not interviewed. The female medic (NFI) mentioned by SPCIIMMOD was not identified b4 i66-(1 nor interviewed. The Soldier who apprehended the detainee was not interviewed. A statement of one of the guards was in the case file but not included as an exhibit in the ROI. There were no canvass interviews of the other detainees (at least ten of whom are in the crime scene photographs). Additional photographs of the deceased and his clothing on the CD should have been included in the photo packet. The crime scene sketch and the AIR do not document where guard personnel found the deceased. The AIR does not mention the presence, or lack of, signs of a struggle, or of blood or body fluids; nor are the environmental conditions annotated. The records of medical treatment of the deceased were not collected and reviewed. The complainant is identified by position, not by name.

All investigative reports were dispatched in a timely manner. Investigation was
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PHOTOGRAPHIC PACKET Photo Number Description
DSCN7191 Photo depicting northwest corner of HR #2. DSCN7192 Photo depicting southwest corner of HR #2. DSCN7193 Photo depicting south wall of HR #2. DSCN7194 • Photo depicting north wall of HR #2. DSCN7195 Photo depicting northeast corner of HR #2. DSCN7196 Photo depicting southeast corner of RR #2. DSCN7197 Photo depicting sign outside HR #2.
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Photo depicting body (head to toe).
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DSCN7137 DSCN7139 Photo depicting upper torso. DSCN7154 Photo depicting upper back. DSCN7155 Photo depicting lower back. Photo depicting left hand with scale.
DSCN7159 Photo depicting right hand with scale.
DSCN7161 DSCN7163 Photo depicting abdomen. Photo depicting right hand with flex-i-cuffs.
DSCN7167 Photo depicting left hand with flex-i-cuffs.
DSCN7168 Photo depicting face and photo identification.
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U.S. ARMY MEDICAL COMMAND FREEDOM OF INFORMATION/
PRIVACY ACT OFFICE ATTENTION: MCFP 2050 WORTH ROAD, SUITE 13 FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS 78234-6013
MR. JOHN PETERSON John.Petersonl @cen. amedd. army. mil
(210) 221-7826
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DETAILS.
kg.c..441 anything, which led him to believe Mr. ABDUL KAREEM, was suffering or dying. PFCIIIIM
stated Mr. ABDUL KAREEM had been detained within the facility for about 4 to 6 days and had been a constant talker. PFC....said Mr. ABDUL KAREEM attempted to remove his blindfold etc frequently and this was not the first time his hands had been bound behind him.
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About 1130, 9 Dec 2003, SA.conducted 011111.1MIMIII and SGT 11111111111111111/MINMINO both of D Company, 311 th Military stated he attempted to call the medics but their phone
Intelligence (MI), Mosul, Iraq. SGT .was not working, so he sent SGT gpmiato the battalion aid station to notify medical assistance. SGT 111111111111110stated he walked to the battalion aid station and requested medical assistance. Upon returning to the Brigade Holding Area, SGT illiMMOinstructed the guards to move Mr. ABDUL KAREEM to stated Mr. ABDUL KAREEM was still dressed and flexi cuffed when he was
room C. SGT.placed in room C. SGT UMW stated when he interviewed Mr. ABDUL KAREEM on 5 Dec 03 he appeared to be in good health. Mr. ABDUL KAREEM did not disclose any previous medical conditions, medications taken, or medical history during the interview. b6-.
obtained all documentation pertaining to detainee # 58, Mr.
About1220, 9 Dec 03, SA.
ABDUL KAREEM from CW1 IMMINNO (See Detainee paperwork for details.)tc46-q / 11.9-Li

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About 1115, 17 Dec 03, SA
to ascertain what he observed when he responded to the death of Mr. ABDUL KAREEM. DR
Minstated he did not observe anything that would lead him to believe Mr. ABDUL KAREEM

died as a result of foul play, but he did not know what killed him.
///LAST ENTRY///

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DETAILS
red in color briefs. The decedent had ulcers on both wrists, where he had been bound by flex-i-cuffs. Liver mortis was present throughout the back, with blanching across the shoulders. The decedent had an obvious purple in color birthmark located on his stomach above his navel. The birthmark did not blanch when pressure was applied with a finger. There were no obvious signs of abuse or defensive wounds. A
clear fluid was found in the right ear.
Documentation of the scene: SAMIllWaptured digital images of the death scene and the
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decedent utilizing a Nikon digital camera system. A death scene sketch was prepared by SA and verified by SA (See Attached Photos and Sketch) tomc.4 ia_. b& -Li
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About 1053, 9 Dec 03, SA interviewed Dr (CPT) BN Surgeon, 526 FSB, Mosul, Iraq, who rendered a Sworn Statement detailing his actions after being notified of a deceased detainee. (See Sworn Statement for details.)
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About 1115, 9 Dec 03, SA - interviewed SGT
2/44 Air Defense Artillery (ADA), Mosul, Iraq, who rendered a Sworn Statement detailing his actions
involving the detainee and his actions upon hearing the detainee was deceased. (See Sworn Statement

for details.)
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Battery, 2/44 Air Defense Artillery (ADA), Mosul, Iraq, who rendered a Sworn Statement detailing his
actions upon hearing the detainee was deceased. (See Sworn Statement for details.)

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About 1120, 9 Dec 03, SA interviewed of PFC Battery, 2/44th
Air Defense Artillery, (Fort Campbell, KY 42223) Mosul, Iraq, who stated he was on guard duty the
evening of 8 Dec 03, which began about 2300. PFC1111 ¦11111kated prisoner #58, later identified as
Mr. Abdureda Lafta ABDUL KAREEM, had been lifting his blind fold and talking excessively. PFC

1110.111explained that the prisoners were not permitted to remove their blindfold or talk. PFC 11/1111110stated Mr. ABDUL KAREEM continued to lift his blindfold, so SGT bound
PFCSIIIIM said about
ABDUL KAREEM hands behind his back, so he could not lift his blindfold. 0100, 9 Dec 03, all the prisoners were put down to sleep. PFC INININOstated Mr. ABDUL KAREEM was moving around but eventually fell asleep. PFC11111111111111stated he did not witness any duress or hol-c-Li gido-ci
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DETAILS
BASIS FOR INVESTIGATION: About 0930, the S-3 SGM, 503 rd Military Police Battalion, (Mosul,
Iraq) Ft Bragg, NC reported an Iraqi prisoner died while detained at 2nd Brigade Holding Area (BHA),
Mosul, Iraq.
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Ilia D Company, 311 th Military Intelligence. W011111110.1.1 related detainee #58, Mr. Abdureda Lafta ABDUL KAREEM was in placed general population HR #2 and he was not responsive when the other detainees were woke up at 0730. Mr. ABDUL KAREEM was checked for signs of life and no pulse or respiration was apparent and medical assistance was requested. W0141.1.11.1111stated Mr. ABDUL KAREEM body was moved from the general population HR #2 to Room C where he was
examined by medical authorities.
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DEATH SCENE EXAMINATION: About 1045, 9 Dec 03, SA
death scene examination of Mr. ABDUL KAREEM. The decedent had been removed from the scene.
Characteristics of the scene: The room was identified as HR #2, a holding area for Iraqi detainees. The room was a brick and mortar type construction, approximately 25 feet long, 18 feet wide, and ten feet high. There were five windows within the room, one located in the north wall and four located in the south wall. There were two Entry/Exit ways (E/E) located within the south wall. The main E/E was located in the south wall, approximately eight inches west of the east wall. The second E/E, which was secured and unused, was located in the south wall, approximately eight inches west of
the east wall.
Condition of the scene: There were detainees throughout the room. There was a radio system located in the approximate center of the south wall. Surrounding the radio system, were several boxes of MREs, a heater, and two chairs. There was a pile of blankets located against the east wall, approximately three feet north of the south wall. The room was illuminated by natural light and two light bulbs, affixed to the east and south walls.
Factors pertaining to the E/E: The room could be accessed by two E/Es located in the south wall. The main E/E was located eight inches west of the east wall. There was a metal in construction door within the E/E and appeared to be functional. A second E/E was located eight inches east of the west wall. There was a metal in construction door within the E/E and was secured and unused.
Examination of the body: The decedent, identified as Mr. Abdureda Lafta ABDUL KAREEM, was an older adult male approximately 65 inches tall, a pproximately 175 lbs, and was dressed only in
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CIRC-CFC SUBJECT: CID REPORT OF INVESTIGATION - FINAL - 0140-03-CID389-61697 — 5H9B
None.
The original of Exhibits 1, and 3 through 11 are forwarded with the USACRC copy of this report. The original of Exhibit 2 is maintained in the files of the 21 g Combat Support Hospital (Mosul, Iraq), Fort Hood, TX.
STATUS: This is a Final Report. Commander's Report of Disciplinary Action Taken (DA Form 4833) is not required.
Report Approved By:
Report Prepared By: ill-/ iiiiC:
Special Agen , CW2, MP Special Agent in Charge
DISTRIBUTION:
1 - Director, U.S. Army Crime Records Center, USACIDC, Attn: CICR-CR, 6010 6th Street, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5506 (Original) 1 - Commander, 10 th Military Police Battalion (CID), Attn: Operations Officer, 3d Military Police Group (CID), Baghdad, Iraq 1 - Commander, 3d Military Police Group (CID), Attn: Operations Officer, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Baghdad, Iraq 1 - Commander, Attn: CIOP-ZA, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
1 - Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Attn: OAFME, Rockville, MD
1 - Division Provost Marshal, 101 5t Airborne Division (Air Assault)(FWD), Mosul, Iraq
1 - SJA, 101 g Airborne Division (Air Assault)(FWD), Mosul, Iraq

1 - Chief of Staff, 101 g Airborne Division (Air Assault)(FWD), Mosul, Iraq
1 - File

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SUBJECT: CID REPORT OF INVESTIGATION - FINAL - 0140-03-CID389-61697 — 5H9B
The investigation could not determine the cause of death without the benefit of a forensic autopsy. The manner of death is undetermined.
STATUTES:
Not Applicable
EXHIBITS/SUBSTANTIATION:
Attached: 17 Dec 03, detailing the basis for
1. Agent's Investigative Report (AIR) of SA
investigation; Interview of W011/../11 Death Scene Examination; Interviews of Dr PFC-. PFCMIIIIMand SGTIMMO 1
SPC
2.
DD Form 2064, Certificate of Death (Mr. ABDUL KAREEM), 9 Dec 03.

3.
Photographic Packet comprised of 11 photographs (Mr. ABDUL KAREEM).


4.
Photographic Packet comprised seven photographs (Death Scene)
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5.
Death Scene Sketch, prepared by SA OEM 9 Dec 03.
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6. Sworn Statement of CPT (DR) 1111111=1. 9 Dec 03, wherein he stated he did not
know what caused the death of Mr. ABDUL KAREEM, but did not observe any signs of foul­
play.
C-L1

9 Dec 03, wherein he describe his duties at the
7.
Sworn Statement of SPCA
holding cage.

611-91Dec 03, wherein he described his duties at the
8.
Sworn Statement of SG 41•1141 1
holding

holding cage.
9YDec 03, wherein he described his duties at the
9.
Sworn Statement of PFC
holding cage.

10.
Coalition Provisional Authority Forces Apprehension Form and Detainee packet, 9i
Dec 03, Mr. ABDUL KAREEM.

11.
Compact disc 0140-03-CID389-61697 containing all photographic images and the
originals of Exhibits 3 and 4 (USACRC copy only).

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