CID Report (Death): 0167-04-CID899-81717

<p>Investigation into the death of Hamza Hassad Tawfeek Najm Byaty. Mr. Byaty had been detained at Baghdad International Airport and was being transported in a bus when he became short of breath, hypotensive, and tachycardic. An IV briefly improved his symptoms but he died shortly thereafter. The autopsy report from AFIP reflected Mr. Byatty's cause of death was Undetermined Atraumatic Cause and manner of death was Natural.</p>

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
38th MILITARY POLICE DET (CID)
22nd MILITARY POLICE BATTALION (CID)
CAMP VICTORY NORTH, BAGHDAD, IRAQ
APO AE 09342
CIRF-CHD
31 May 04
MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION
SUBJECT: CID REPORT OF INVESTIGATION — INITIAL/FINAL C/SSI — 0167-04-
CID899-81717 — 5H9A
DATES/TIMES/LOCATIONS OF OCCURRENCES:
1. 07 AUG 2003/0001 — 07 AUG 2003/2359; UNKNOWN LOCATION,
DIWANIA, IRAQ
DATE/TIME REPORTED: 24 MAY 2004/1800
INVESTIGATED BY: SA
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SUBJECT: 1. NONE [NATURAL DEATH]
VICTIM: 1. BYATY, HAMZA HASSAD TWFEEK NAJM; CIV; DETAINEE
NUMBER 13380, BIAP DETENTION FACILITY; M; OTHER; AL-ZUBYDY TRIBE;
(NFI) [NATURAL DEATH]
INVESTIGATIVE SUMMMARY:
On 24 May 04, this office received the Final Autopsy Report of Mr. BYATY from the
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), Rockville, MD, which disclosed Mr.
BYATY died while in U.S. custody on 7 Aug 03.
Investigation disclosed Mr. BYATY was a detainee at Baghdad International Airport,
Baghdad, Iraq, and while being transported in a bus he became short of breath,
hypotensive and tachycardic. Medics from the 115 th Military Police Battalion
administered an IV to Mr. BYATY, which briefly improved his symptoms; however,
shortly thereafter, Mr. BYATY's conditions worsened and he was pronounced dead. The
autopsy report from AFIP reflected Mr. BYATY's cause of death was Undetermined
Atraumatic Cause and manner of death was Natural.
A review of the previous deployed detachment disclosed Significant Data File 0101-03-
CID899 was initiated to document the death of Mr. BYATY.
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Report Approved By:
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STATUTES:
N/A
EXHIBITS/SUBSTANTIATION:
Attached:
I. Agent's Investigation Report (AIR) of SA 24 May 04, detailing the
receipt of the final autopsy report.
2. Final Autopsy Report, Report Number ME 03-385, 29 Sep 03, which listed Mr.
BYATY's Cause of Death as Undetermined Atraumatic Cause and Manner of Death as
Natural.
3. DD Form 2064, Certificate of Death, 24 Aug 04, pertaining to Mr. BYATY.
Not Attached:
None
The original of Exhibit I is forwarded with the USACRC copy of this report. The
originals of Exhibits 2 and 3 are retained in the files of the Armed Force Institute of
Pathology, 1413 Research Blvd., Building 102. Rockville, MD 20850.
STATUS: This is an Initial/Final C/SSI Report. This investigation is being terminated in
accordance with CIDR 195-I, paragraph 4-17(a)(8), medical authorities determined that
the death resulted from natural causes and there is no evidence to contradict their
findings.
LEADS REMAINING: Locate and Interview the Medics of 115 th MP BN.
Report Prepared By:
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Special Age Special Agent in Charge
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DISTRIBUTION:
1 - DIR, USACRC (original), Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
1 - THRU: CDR, 22' d MP BN (CID), APO AE 09342
THRU: CDR, 3rd NIP GP (CID), Fort Gillem, GA
TO: HQUSACIDC, (ATTN: CIOP-CO), Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
1 — AFIP, 1413 Research Blvd. Building 102, Rockville, MD 20850
1 - SJA, (LTC/MIN, lAD, APO AE 09324 (e-mail) it7c--3cb&3
1 - PMO, (MAJAMP, IAD, APO AE 09324 (e-mail)
1 - File bic3 lete.3
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CID F RA494 FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
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TYPED AGENTS NAME AND SEQUENCE NUMBER
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SA
SIGNATURE
ORGANIZATION
38th MP Det (CID), 22 ND MP BN (CID)
Baghdad, Iraq, APO AE 09342
EXHIBIT
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ROI NUMBER
AGENT'S INVESTIGATION REPORT
CID Regulation 195-1
0167-04-CID899-4,\1 v.‘
PAGE 1 OF 1 PAGES
DETAILS
BASIS FOR INVESTIGATION: About 1800, 24 May 04, this office was notified
of the death of Mr. BYATY through the receipt of his final autopsy report.
..E:11.! About 1800, 24 May 04, SA moimm Lwrreviewed Mr. BYATY's autopsy report,
which stated he was a detainee at Baghdad International Airport, Baghdad,
Iraq, who was being transported in a bus when he became short of breath,
hypotensive and tachycardic on 7 Aug 03. Medics of the 115 th Military
Police Battalion administered an IV, which briefly improved his symptoms;
however, shortly thereafter, Mr. BYATY's conditions worsened and he was
pronounced dead. Mr. BYATY's autopsy report reflected his Cause of Death
as Undetermined Atraumatic Cause and listed his Manner of Death as
Natural. (See Autopsy Report and Certificate of Death of Mr. BYATY for
details)
AGENT'S COMMENT: A review of the closed cases of this office revealed
that on 24 Aug 03, a USACIDC investigation was conducted under Significant
Data File 0101-03-CID899 to document the death of Mr. BYATY.
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Page(s)
Referred to:
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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AGENT'S ACTIVITY SUMMARY
(cm Regulation 195- 1)
TIME, DATE. AND AGENT
Control Numbcr 0101 -03-M899
SUMMARY OF INVESTIGATIVE ACTIVITY
Received notification from LTCB IAD SJA of the death of a detainee
while in US Custody. LTC111111111111Prequested CID assistance in having an
autopsy conducted on the remains to rule out abuse by US Forces.
Reviewed matter with SAC, agreed CID would participate in the autopsy
under the following conditions:
1. AFIP would do the autopsy
2. There were no legal or religious restrictions on having the autopsy
conducted.
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Discussed with LT she would address the issues and get back to
us.
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Received a call from LTCVakshe stated she has received the agreement
with AFIP to do the autopsies and she opined there was not religious reasons
or legal reasons why an autopsy could not be done. Was provided a cell
phone number for Mai 11111111Was the POC for AFIP to schedule the autopsy
of 914 360 0151. b94:3/406"3
Called Maj immir, scheduled the autopsy for 0600 Z, 24 Aug 03 at the
mortuary at BIAP.
Went to lAD SJA and pick up a copy of the report on the death. Confirmed
the body was at the mortuary.
Arrived at the mortuary, met with Maj111n1 she introduced me to Dr.
11111111111111111, who would be performing the Autopsy.
Majilatiquired who would be representing CID at the Autopsy of the
other four EPW that were undergoing autopsy. Informed her I would check
with the 10 th MP Bri and let her know.
Checked with the 1 0`s, no one was scheduled to be there. 1 would handle—.
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Autopsy of Mohaned Tariq ZAID was completed. Dr.
AFIP stated the death was a natural death, no indications of physical abuse,
the death is constant with a heat stroke. The body was fingerprinted and the
fingerprints were retained by this office.
Autopsy completed on Al Zubydy HAMZA was completed. Dr.
MD stated the death was a natural death, no indications of physical abuse.
1300 Z, 23 Aug 03
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The autopsy of Taleb Ehad KAZEN was completed by Dr. He
stated the death is a natural death, there were no sly s of abuse. The bod
1000 Z, 24 Aug 03
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AGENT'S ACTIVITY SUMMARY
CID R • ulation 19S-1
TIME, DATE, AND AGENT
Control Number
0101-03-CID899
SUMMARY OF !INVESTIGATIVE ACTIVITY
was fingerprinted.
bE.
The autopsy of Abed Mohamed NAJEM was completed by Dr. MIll He
stated the death was a natural death, there were no signs of abuse. The body
was fingerprinted and the prints were retained by this office.
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The autopsy of Dahm SPAH was completed by Dr. =IOW Dr 1111111111I
stated the cause of death was a natural death, believed to be heart failure.
There was no signs of abuse. The body was fingerprinted and the
fingerprints were retained by this office.
Returned to the CID Office. Advised SIA of the findings.
Preliminary investigation complete. No criminality indicated. Suggest this
case be closed in accordance with CID Regulation 195-1 (Section 4-8 a).
SAC Review... I agree, close this under the Seq# and retain for records.
Forward for filing.
Investigative time: 27 hrs
Administrative time: 2 firs
Travel time 1 hr
1015 Z, 24 Aug 03
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1315 Z, 24 Aug 03
1400 Z, 24 Aug 03
0800 Z, 24 Aug 03
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AGENTS ACTIVITY SUMMARY
(CID Postulation 195-1)
Control Number
0167-04—CID899
TINE, DATE, AND AGENT =VARY OT INVESTIGATIVE ACITIVITY
1800, 424 May 04
sAMMINEEP
1800, 24 May 04
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1800, 24 May 04
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25-26 May 04
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1500, 28 May 04
SA
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BASIS FOR INVESTIGATION: About 1800, 24 May 04, this
office was notified by the Operations Officer, 22 nd
Military Police Battalion, Baghdad, Iraq of the death
of Mr. BYATY.
On 24 May 04, this office received the final autopsy
report of Mr. BYATY, which stated he was a detainee at
Baghdad International Airport, Baghdad, Iraq, who was
being transported in a bus when he became short of
breath, hypotensive and tachycardic on 7 Aug 03.
Medics of the 11S tn Military Police Battalion
administered an IV, which briefly improved his
symptoms; however, shortly thereafter, Mr. BYATY's
conditions worsened and he was pronounced dead. Mr.
BYATY's autopsy report reflected his Cause of Death as
Undetermined Atraumatic Cause and listed his Manner of
Death as Natural. (See Autopsy Report and Certificate
of Death of Mr. BYATY for details)
A review of the closed cases of this office revealed
that on 24 Aug 03, a USACIDC investigation was
conducted under Significant Data File 0101-03-CID899
to document the death of Mr. j
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BYATY
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Out in Taji assisting SA with ROI 0173-04-
CID899, unable to draft up reports.
Added AAS entries from SDF to this ROI. Drafted
Initial/Final report. To SAC for review.
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PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF THIS FORM WILL BE USED UNTIL EXRAUSTED
1 Oct 80
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