CSRT Decision: Mohammed Ahmed Said Haidel (ISN 498)

<p>Tribunal determined that the detainee in question has been accurately classified as an enemy combatant and that he supported Al Qaida and Taliban forces, including receiving weapons training and participating in military operations against the coalition. Detainee denies all charges and claims he traveled to Afghanistan before the war began to find a wife and for a change in scenery. Detainee was captured by Northern Alliance Forces near Tora Bora. Although the detainee's name is redacted, his identity as Mohammed Ahmed Said Haidel is apparent based on a comparison to publicly available information (see related links to the right).</p>

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CSRT
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Tuesday, November 2, 2004
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Tuesday, November 29, 2005
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UNCLASSIFIED//FOLIO UNCLASSIFIED SUMMARY OF BASIS FOR TRIBUNAL DECISION (Enclosure (1) to Combatant Status Review Tribunal Decision Report) TRIBUNAL PANEL: 1#7 ISN N: 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 Taliban and Al Qaida forces. In reaching its conclusions, the Tribunal considered both classified and unclassified information. The following is an account of the unclassified 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 held this hearing on 2 November 2004. The Recorder presented Exhibits R-1 through R-3 during the unclassified portion of the Tribunal. The primary exhibit. the Unclassified Sinnmary of Evidence (Exhibit R-1), indicates that the detainee supported and associated withAl Qaida; the detainee arrived in Afghanistan from ^rra Pakistan; the detainee traveled to Afghanistan for military training to prepare to fight; the detainee stayed at an Arab guesthouse in Kandahar, the detainee provided general information about an Al Wafa office in Kabul; Al Wafa has been designated as a terrorist organization; the detainee trained at Al Farouq; the detainee received weapons training for the ICalashnikov rifle, the PK rifle, and rocket-propelled grenade launcher, the detainee received mortar training while serving in the back lines; the detainee participated in military operations against the coalition; the detainee fought for the Taliban; the detainee fought at the front line against the Northern Alliance; the detainee • was in Tors Bora during the U.S. air campaign; the detainee was injured by a bomb blast in Tora Bora; and the detainee was captured by Northern Alliance forces during his retreat from Tore Bora. The Recorder called no witnesses. The detainee actively participated in the Tribunal proceedings. In an unsworn statement, the detainee responded to some of the allegations on the Unclassified Summary of Evidence. In sum, he stated he went to Pakistan to find a wife and for a change of environment. He also stated he went to Afghanistan before the war with the United States started. The detainee's unsworn testimony and the answers to the questions posed to him are summarized in Enclosure (3) to the CSRT Decision Report The detainee presented no other evidence and called no witnesses. UNCLASSIFIED//FOU0 ISN Enclosure (1) Page 1 of 3 3 0 814 NOV00115 DODDON-000517 UNCLASSIFIED//FOU0 During the classified session of the Tribunal, the Recorder presented Exhibits R-4 through R-15 and commented on the evidence. The Personal Representative presented no classified evidence and made no comments on the classified exhibits. 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-15 and D-a. b. Testimony of the following persons: None. c. Statement of the detainee: See Enclosure (3) to the CSRT Decision Report. 4. Rulings by the Tribunal on Detainee Requests for Evidence or Witnesses The detainee requested no witnesses. The detainee requested no additional evidence be produced. 5. Discussion of'Unclusifeed Evidence a. The Recorder offered Exhibits R-1 through R-3 into evidence during the unclassified portion of the proceeding. Exhibit R-I 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 concluscuy statements without supporting unclassified evidence. Exhibit R-2, the FBI redaction certification, provided no usable evidence. Exhibit R-3, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Terrorist Organization Reference Guide dated January 2004, also provided no information pertinent to the detainee's status. Accordingly, the Tribunal had to look to other evidence to support the assertions on the Unclassified Summary of Evidence and the Tribunal's conclusions. b. As noted in paragraph 2, above, the detainee made an unsworn statement at the hearing, addressing several, but not all, of the allegations on the Unclassified Summary of Evidence. Afterwards, he answered a few questions posed by one of the Tribunal Members, but refused to answer any further questions. In sum, the detainee claimed that he traveled to Pakistan to get married and to have a change of environment. He denied any affiliation with AI Wafa, and also denied receiving mortar training. He also denied ever being in the Tara Boa region. When asked if he did not respond to allegations 3.a.3, 3.a.5, 3.a.6, and 3.a.7 on the Unclassified Summary of Evidence because -those 1UNCLASSIFIED//FOU0 ISN Enclosure (I) Page 2 of3 3081.5 NOV0011.6 DODDON-000518 UNCLASSIFIED//FOLIO allegations were true, the detainee stated he would rather keep silent. A summarized transcript of the detainee's unsworn testimony is attached as Enclosure (3) to the CSRT Decision Report. The Tribunal found the detainee's testimony tmpersuasive when considered together with the classified evidence. A discussion of the classified evidence is found in the CSRT Decision Report Enclosure (2). 6. Consultations with the CSRT Legal Advisor The Tribunal consulted the CSRT Assistant Legal Advisor regarding allegations that an interrogator in the 'Chandelier prison hit the detainee in the arm until he falsely admitted receiving training on mortars (see Enclosure (3) to the CSRT Decision Report). 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 2 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 necPssary. b. The detainee understood the Tribunal proceedings and actively participatedthroughout the hearing. c. The detainee is properly classified as an enemy combatant because he was part of or supporting Taliban and Al Qaida forces. 8. Dissenting Tribunal Member's report None. The Tribunal reached a tmanimous decision. Respectfully submitted, 1111111111 Colonel, U.S. Army Tribunal President UNCLASSIFIEWFOU0 tsar Enclosure (1) Page 3 of 3 3 0 816 NOV00117 DODDON-000519

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