CSRT Decision: Abd al Nasir Mohammed Abd al Qadir Khantumani (ISN 307)

<p>Tribunal determined that the detainee in question has been accurately classified as an enemy combatant and that he was part of or supported Al Qaida against coalition forces. Detainee is a Syrian national who traveled to Afghanistan in 1999 and was joined by his family in 2001. Detainee claims he is a business man and not affiliated with Al Qaida or the Taliban. Detainee was captured by Pakistani police, escaped and was again captured by Pakistani police.</p>

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CSRT
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Saturday, November 20, 2004
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Tuesday, November 29, 2005
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UNCIASSIFIED/BIE683— UNCLASSIFIED SUMMARY OF BASIS FOR TRIBUNAL DECISION (Enclosure (1) to Combatant Status Review Tribunal Decision Report) TRIBUNAL PANEL: ##20 ISN #: #307 1. Introduction As the Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) Decision Report indicates, the Tribunal has determined that this detainee is properly classified as an enemy combatant and was part of or supporting al Qaida and associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners. In reaching its conclusions, the Tribunal considered both classified and unclassified information. The following is an account of the =classified evidence considered by the Tribunal and other pertinent information. Classified evidence considered by the Tribunal is discussed in Enclosure (2) to the CSRT Decision Report 2. Synopsis of Proceedings The Tribunal commenced this hearing on 20 November 2004. The Recorder presented Exhibit R-1 during the unclassified portion of the Tribunal. That exhibit, the Unclassified Summary of Evidence, indicates, among other things, that the detainee is associated with al Qaida or Taliban forces; the detainee, a Syrian national, traveled to Afghanistan in 1999 via Syria; Turkey and Iran, finally arriving in Kabul, Afghanistan; the detainee sent for his fainily in July 2001 and they arrived in Kabul Afghanistan via a Taliban airline plane; the detainee was on a list of captured hitahidin members; the detainee allowed Arab fighters to stay in his house; the detainee was identified by a senior al Qaida operative as reportedly being part of a terrorist group; the detainee and his family departed Jalalabad heading towards the Pakistan border as the situation escalated; the detainee and others were turned over to the Pakistani police and were arrested; the detainee was in possession of 100 Saudi riyals and approximately 3,000-5,000 Pakistani rupees; the detainee escaped from custody when some prisoners overpowered the guards and flipped a transport vehicle; the detainee and others were recaptured by the Pakistani police; the detainee was in possession of a Casio watch — a model which has been used in bombings linked to al Qaida and radical Islamic terrorist improvised explosive devices; and the detainee has been identified as being affiliated with al Qaida or other Islamic extremist groups. The Recorder called no witnesses. The detainee participated actively in the Tribunal proceedings. He submitted a written statement, Exhibit D-b, and then answered Tribunal members' questions. The detainee's sworn testimony and the answers to the questions posed to him are summarized in Enclosure (3) to the CSRT Decision Report The detainee called one witness. UNCLASSIFIED/MOM ISN #307 Enclosure (1) Page 1 of 3 3o 6 3i NOV00106 DODDON-000508 UNCLASSIFIED/MOM) • During the classified session of the Tribunal, the Recorder presented Exhibits R-2 through R-25, commenting only that highlights on the documents in pink were made by the Recorder, those in yellow by the Personal Representative. The Personal Representative neither presented classified exhibits nor made any comments on the classified evidence -After reading the classified and unclassified exhibits, the Tribunal determined that it required more information. The Tribunal posed a number of questions to the Recorder, and then recessed the Tribunal to allow the Recorder an opportunity to do further research. On 3 December 2004, the Tribunal reconvened. During that session, the Recorder submitted classified Exhibits R-26 through R-29. After considering all of the classified and unclassified evidence, the Tribunal determined that the detainee is properly classified as an enemy combatant.#. 3. Evidence Considered by the Tribunal The Tribunal considered the follOwing evidence in reaching its conclusions: • a. Exhibits: R-1 through R-29, and D-a and D-b. b. Testimony of the following person: ISN# See Enclosure (3) to the CSRT Decision Report). *c. Sworn statementof the detainee: See Enclosure (3) to the CSRT Decision Report. 4. Rulings by the Tribunal on Detainee Requests for Evidence or Witnesses The detainee's one witness request, for his so # was approved. The detainee requested no additional evidence be produced. 5. Discussion of Unclassified Evidence The Tribunal considered the following unclassified evidence in making its determinations: a. The Recorder offered Exhibit R-1 into evidence during the unclassified portion of the proceeding. Exhibit R-1 is the Unclassified Summary of Evidence. While this summary is helpful in that it provides a broad outline of what the Tribunal can expect to see, it is not persuasive in that it provides conclusory statements without supporting unclassified evidence. Accordingly, the Tribunal had to look to other evidence to support the assertions in the Unclassified Summary of Evidence. • UNCLASSIFIED/MVEfa.ISN H307 . &closure (1) Page2of3 50 Co 3 NOV00107 DODDON-000509 Case 1:05-cv-00526-RMU Document 12-2 Filed 08/18/2005 Page 11 of 21 UNCLASSIFIED//J b. As noted in paragraph 2, above, the detainee submitted a written statement and provided sworn testimony, responding to each of the allegations on the Unclassified Summary of Evidence. Afterwards, he answered questions posed by the Tribunal members. In sum, the detabiee denied being a member of the Taliban or al Qaida. He asserted instead that he was a businessman in Kabul, drawn to Afghanistan from Syria by Kabul's superior business environment. A summarized transcript of the detainee's sworn testimony is attached as CSRT Decision Report Enclosure (3). His written statement is attached as Exhibit D-b. 6. Consultations with. the CSRT Legal Advisor The Tribunal consulted the CSRT Assistant Legal Advisor regarding allegations made by the detainee in his written statement and in his testimony that be was tortured by Pakistani officials in the presence of U.S. o #• and in a U.S. facility, and that he was abused by U.S. soldiers. His son, detainee tal also testified that he was abused. As per instructions, the OARDEC Forward Chief of Staff and the OARDEC Liaison to the Criminal Investigation Task Force and JTF-GTMO were notified of the matters on 22 November 2004.#• . 7. Conclusions of the Tribunal Upon careful review of all the evidence presented in this matter, the Tribunal makes the following determinations: a. The detainee was mentally and physically capable of participating in the proceeding. No medical or mental health evaluation was deemed necessary. b. The detainee understood the Tribunal proceedings and actively participated • throughout the hearing. c. The detainee is properly classified as an enemy combatant because he was part of or supporting al Qaida and associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners. 8. Dissenting Tribunal Member's report None. The Tribunal reached a unanimous decision. 111101111 Colonel, U.S. Army Tribunal President 'UNCLASSIFIED/N/51ga ISN #307 Enclosure (I ) . •#Page 3 of 3 3o 3C/ NOV00108 DODDON-000510

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