CSRT Decision: Khandan Kadir (ISN 831)

<p>Tribunal determined that the detainee in question has been accurately classified as an enemy combatant and that he engaged in hostilities against coalition forces. Detainee was captured in Khowst, Afghanistan with [redacted] Pacha Khan, a renegade Pashtun Commander. Detainee denied all allegations and asked to submit documents indicating that he worked for the National Directorate of Security and supported the Karzai government. The documents were found not to be reasonably available. Detainee claimed that he suffered physical mistreatment by U.S. forces while in detention in Afghanistan. Although the detainee's name is redacted, his identity as Khandan Kadir is apparent based on a comparison to publicly available information (see related links to the right).</p>

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

UNCLASSIFIED/FOU0 UNCLASSIFIED SUMMARY OF BASIS FOR TRIBUNAL DECISION (Enclosure (1) to Combatant Status Review Tribunal Decision Report) TRIBUNAL #27 ISN #: 1. Introduction As the Copthatant Status Review Tribunal Decision Report indicates, the Tribunal has determined that this detainee is properly classified as an enemy combatant: and is a member of or affiliated with, associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or it coalition partners. In reaching its conclusions, the Tribunal considered both classified and unclassified information. The following is an account of theunclassified evidence considered by the Tribunal. Any classified evidence considered by the Tribunal is discussed in Enclosure (2) to the Combatant Status Review Tribunal Decision Report. 2. Synopsis of Proceedinp The unclassified evidence presented to the Tribunal by the Recorder indicated that the Detainee is a member of fo • . The Detainee was captured • in the company o Pacha Khan, a renegade PashtunCommander, has nu tary operations against the Afghan Transitional Administration (ATA) and coalition forces. The Detainee claims to have worked as.' Detainee ran a safe house for Detainee was arrested by encans at neighbor's house in Khowst, Afgheuiistan on 20 September 2002, attempting to elude capture bbyhiding with a group of women. The Detainee chose to participate in the Tribunal process. He called two witnesses, requested several documents be produced, and made an oral, sworn statement The Tribunal President found the requested witnesses reasonably available although both of the witnesses' testimony had to submitted in writing. The Tribunal President found that the off-island requested document and the requested pocket litter to be not reasonably available. The Personal Representative submitted a translated copy of a letter from the Detainee's brother in the unclassified session. He also presented documentary evidence about the pocket litter; however, this was presented during the classified session of the proceeding. The Detainee, in his oral statement, denied being a Taliban member. The Tribunal President's evidentiary and witness rulings are explained below. UNCLASSIFLED/FOU0 ISN Enclosure (1) Page 1 of 4 31201 NOV00136 UNCLASS1FIED/FOU0 3. Evidence Considered by the Tribunal The Tribunal considered the following evidence in reaching its conclusions: a. Exhibits: D-a through D-e, R-1 through R-36 b. Testimony of the following persons: c. Sworn statement of the detainee. 4. Rulings by the Tribunal on Detainee Requests for Evidence or Witnesses The Detainee requested the following witnesses be produced for the hearing: Witness President's Decision Testified? reasonably available yes . reasonably available yeses • The Detains t the witness could testi to the fact that the Detaineeworked for and that the Detainee supported the Karzai government. As such the original assignedTribunal President determined that this witness request would be relevant to the Detainee's case. Due to cross-camp restrictions, this witness' testimony had to be submitted in writing and was submitted in evidence as Exhibit D-b. •• The Detainee proffered that this witness could testify that the know of Detainee did not run or Tribunal IC.arim's safehouse for explosives making. As such the original assigned ribunal President determined that this witness request would be relevant to the Detainee's case. Due to cross-camp restrictions, this witness' testimony had to be submitted in writing and was submitted in evidence as Exhibit D-c. The Detainee requested the following additional evidence be produced: gvidence President's Decision Pocket Liner Produced? Not reasonably available no' Hazeree papers (Employment not reasonably available Documents) from National no•• Directorate of Security • The Detainee requested several documents that he had on his person at the time of his capture be submitted to the tribunal. The Personal Representative took a number of to try and locate this Pocket Liner and has submitted this as Exhibit R-23. Due to t steps attempt to locate and failure to produce, the Tribunal President ruled he that this UNCLASSIFIED/FOU0 ISN Enclosure (1) Page 2 of4 31202 NOV00137 UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO documentation is not reasonably available. However, in lieu of the actual documents, the Personal Representative submitted the inventory and summary to the TribunaL •• The Detainee proffered that these documents requested for the period from January 2002 to September 2002 would prove that the Detainee worked for the National Directorate of Security (NDS). As such the original assigned Tribunal President determined that this information could be relevant and made a request to obtain this document. In accordance with standard procedures, the request was sent to the U.S. Department of State on 28 December 2004 with a follow-up on 10 January 05. To date, the Department of State has indicated they have had no response back from the Foreign Embassy... As such, the Tribunal President determined that based on the attempt to locate and the lack of response, this document was not reasonably available. 5. Discussion of Unclassified Evidence The Tribunal considered the following unclassified evidence in making its determinations: a. The recorder offered Exhibits R-1 and R-2 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. Exhibit R-2 provided no usable evidence. Accordingly, the Tribunal had to look to classified exhibits for support of the Unclassified S=mary of Evidence. b. The Tribunal considered the Detainee's sworn testimony and the written documents submitted by the Detainee. A summarized transcript of the Detainee's sworn testimony is attached as CSRT Decision Report Enclosure (3). In sum, the Detainee stated that he was not a Taliban member; in fact, he had several times openly defied the Taliban government which resulted in He was acquainted through work and prayer. He did not When the Taliban fell, the Detainee was asked to o to Division S The Detainee stated that he egal activities and turned b, he campaigned against the s. Pacha on one occasion. The Detainee used his own money that they would be able to function. The Detainee also stated that they were paid a salary on a fairly regular basis, although he admitted that a few of the payments were a little late. UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO ISN 11111 Enclosure (1) Page 3 of 4 33.203 NOV0013 8 ...lam UNCLtSSIFIED/FOU0 c. Statements from two in-camp witnesses, were provided by the Personal Representative as ExhibitM 1.1111111111 d. The Detainee made an allegation of physical mistreatment while he was in detention in Afghanistan at the hands ofhis U.S. captors. The Tribunal President made inquiry of the Detainee to note his statements about such alleged mistreatment The Tribunal President has caused these allegations to be reported to the chain of command. The Tribunal also relied on certain classified evidence in reaching its decision. A discussion of the classified evidence is found in Enclosure (2) to the Combatant Status Review Tribunal Decision Report. 6. Consultations with the CSRT Legal Advisor No issues arose during the course of this hearing that required consultation with the CSRT legal advisor. 7. Conclusions of the Tribunal Upon careful review of all the evidence presented in this matter, the Tribunal makes thefollowing determinations: a. The Detainee was mentally and physically capable of participating in the proceeding. No medical or mental health evaluation was deemed appropriate. b. The Detainee understood the Tribunal proceedings. He asked no questionsregarding his rights and actively participated in the hearing. c. The Detainee is properly classified as an enemy combatant and is a member of, or affiliated with associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States S. Dissenting Tribunal Member's Report or its collation partners. None. The Tribunal reached a unanimous decision. Respectfully submitted, 1111111111 Tribunal President UNCLASSIFIED/FOU0 ISN 1111 Enclosure (1)Page 4 of4 31204 NOV00139