Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Al Shirbi, Ghassan Abdallah Ghazi

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Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal — Al Shirbi, Ghassan Abdallah Ghazi  (2004) 


To: Personal Representative
From: OIC, CSRT (04 November 2004)
Subject: Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Al Shirbi, Ghassan Abdallah Ghazi


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

a The detainee is associated with al Qaida:
  1. The detainee was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  2. In August of 2001 the detainee traveled from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Faisalbad Pakistan.
  3. The detainee lived in a safe house with senior al Qaida operative (sic) in Pakistan until the time of the detainee’s capture.
  4. The detainee was captured by Pakistani forces in a March 2002 raid of the safe house in Faisalbad, Pakistan.
  5. Abu Zubaydah is a senior Al-Qaida lieutenant.
  6. The detainee taught English to other guest (sic) at the safe house in Faisalbad, Pakistan.
  7. The detainee received specialized training on remote control devices for use in explosives to detonate bombs against Afghani and United States forces.
  8. The detainee received military training, including Basic Weapons (use, operation, and assembly/disassembly of assault rifles, UZI, Kalashnikov, Simonovs, M-16 and RPGs), Basic Warfare Tactics (tactical movement, concealment and mine avoidance) and navigation (navigation using compass, watch, stick in the ground against sunlight method and celestial methods) at a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.
  9. Usama Bin Laden visited a Terrorist training camp in Afghanistan about ten times while the detainee was receiving training at that camp.
  10. The detainee was observed chatting and laughing like pals with Usama bin Laden during Bin Laden’s visit to the particular terrorist training camp.
  11. The detainee pressured another man to swear bayat ot Usama Bin Laden during a face-to-face meeting at that particular terrorist training camp.
  12. The detainee admittedly supports the jihad and Chechens in the fight against the Russians.
  13. The detainee wanted to be a mujihadeen freedom fighter.
  14. In December 2001, the detainee was one of approximately 100 mujahideen near Birmal, Afghanistan.
  15. The detainee is called the “electronic builder” by GTMO detainees, and is known as “Abu Zubaydah’s right hand man”.

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.