CSRT Summary of Evidence memo for Saiid Farhi

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CSRT Summary of Evidence memo for Saiid Farhi


To: Personal Representative
From: OIC, CSRT (29 September, 2004)
Subject: Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal Farhi, Saiid


Under the provisions of the Secretary of the Navy Memorandum, dated 29 July 2004, Implementation of Combatant Status Review Tribunal Procedures for Enemy Combatants Detained at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base Cuba, a Tribunal has been appointed to review the detainee's designation as an enemy combatant.


An enemy combatant has been defined as "an individual who was part of or supporting the Taliban or al Qaida forces, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners. This included any person who committed a belligerent act or has directly supported hostilities in aid of enemy armed forces."


The United States Government has previously determined that the detainee is an enemy combatant. This determination is based on information possessed by the United States that indicates that he has known al Qaida associations.

The detainee is a member of, or associated with, al Qaida:
  1. The detainee left Algeria in 1989 and went to France, where he lived for six to seven years.
  2. Detainee left France in 1996 or 1997 and traveled to Italy, he then traveled to England in January 2001.
  3. While in England, the detainee attended the Finsbury Park Mosque and Baker Street Mosque, both known extremist mosques.
  4. Detainee left England in June 2001 to travel to Afghanistan, via Pakistan, to look for a wife.
  5. Detainee stayed in an Algerian house while in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
  6. Detainee traveled to Kabul where he stayed for one and one half months.
  7. Pakistani authorities captured detainee when he attempted to cross the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  8. Detainee received injuries during a bus accident while in the custody of the Pakistani authorities.

The detainee has the opportunity to contest his designation as an enemy combatant. The Tribunal will endeavor to arrange for the presence of any reasonably available witnesses or evidence that the detainee desires to call or introduce to prove that he is not an enemy combatant. The Tribunal President will determine the reasonable availability of availability of evidence or witnesses.