Emails between Joel M. Rubin, Cara L. Abercrombie, Carrie W. Hernandez and others re: Death of an Egyptian scientist at Abu Ghraib Detention Facility

Emails between DOS Officials discussing the death of an Egyptian scientist, Mohamed Abdel Moneim Al-Azmeerly, who was killed while in U.S. custody at Abu Ghraib. There is concern that the death of Al-Azmeerly will gain publicity in Egypt and become a public opinion issue for the U.S.

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Email
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Monday, June 28, 2004
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Monday, November 22, 2004
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Abercrombie, Cara L (NEM)
From: Rubin, Joel M
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2004 5:27 PM
To: Abercrombie, Cara L (NEA/1)
Cc: Hernandez, Carrie W (NEA/LEA); NEA-I-POLDL: Meyer, Robin D
Subject: RE: Egyptian Detainee

Thanks Cara -- I'll send it to Cairo tonight to seek their insights/advice...
RELEASED IN PART
Joel B6
Joel M. Rubin Egypt Desk, State/NEA
(202) 647-4680
--Original Message
From:MAbercrombie, Cara L (NEA/I)
Sent:MMonday, June 28, 2004 5:21 PM
To:MRubin, Joel M
Cc:MHemandez, Carrie W (NEA/LEA); NEA-1-POL-DL
Subject:MEgyptian Detainee

Joel,

As I said in our phone conversation, as asked NEA/I to look into B6
Egyptian press reports that Mohame ADO tuvionaem tt tzmeny, an tgyptian nautnal, died while detained in Iraq.
According to the reports, a family member visited him three weeks before his death and found him in good health.
The family said they received a death certificate along with the body that listed the cause of death as "pressure on the
brain." The family hired a doctor to perform an autopsy - he found says the cause of death is a broken neck as a
result of a sudden strike on the back of the head.

'says this story is gaining publicity in Egypt and could be come a public opinion issue for the U.S. II1I saia me Egyptian parliament is considering holding a hearing on the case. Further, he says the deceased's name is not listed on the CPA website listing all detainees (the site is in Arabic, so I cannot confirm).
I have passed this information on to the detainee policy group at OSD asking for further information, but would
appreciate your contacting the American Embassy in Cairo for a better readout on this case.

It is worth noting that while ves adamant that we do something he did not recommend any course of action.
I
-Cara
Cara Abercrombie Office of Iraq (NEA/I) Department of State Tel: 202-647-0459 Fax: 202-736-4464 AbercrombieCL@state.sgov.gov
UNITED STATES DE PA RTM ENT OF STATE. REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK E SCHN1ELZER DATE/CASE ID: 07 OCT 2004 200303827

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Abercrombie, Cara L (NENI)
From:I Rubin, Joel M
Sent:I Monday, June 28, 2004 5:27 PM
To:I Abercrombie, Cara L (NEA/I)
Cc:I Hernandez, Carrie W (NEA/LEA); NEA-I-POL-DL; Meyer. Robin D
Subject:I RE: Egyptian Detainee

Thanks Cara -- I'll send it to Cairo tonight to seek their insights/advice...
RELEASED IN PART
Joel B6
Joel M. Rubin Egypt Desk, State/NEA
(202) 6474680
IOriginal Message----
From: Abercrombie, Cara L (NEA/I)
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2004 5:21 PM
To:.Rubin, Joel M
Cc: Hemandez, Came W (NEA/LE.A); NEA•I-POL-DL
Subject:.Egyptian Detainee

Joel,

As I said in our phone conversation.' I has asked NEAII to look into B6
Egyptian press reports that Mohamea Arm timonaeni =welly, an tgypudri riau nal, died while detained in Iraq.
According to the reports, a family member visited him three weeks before his death and found him in good health.
The family said they received a death certificate along with the body that listed the cause of death as "pressure on the
brain." The family hired a doctor to perform an autopsy - he found says the cause of death is a broken neck as a
result of a sudden strike on the back of the head.

(says this story is gaining publicity in Egypt and could be come a public opinion issue for the U.S. III ' sale me Egyptian parliament is considering holding a hearing on the case. Further, he says the deceased's name is not listed on the CPA website listing all detainees (the site is in Arabic, so I cannot confirm).
I have passed this information on to the detainee policy group at OSD asking for further information, but would
appreciate your contacting the American Embassy in Cairo for a better readout on this case.

It is worth noting that whilen—lvas adamant that we do something he did not recommend any course of action.
-Cara
Cara Abercrombie Office of Iraq (NEM) Department of State Tel: 202-647-0459 Fax: 202-736-4464 AbercrombieCL@state.sgov.gov
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK E SCHMELZER DATE/CASE ID: 07 OCT 2004 200303827

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DOS-000176

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