Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Ami, Shakir Abdurahim Mohamed (2005-10-25)

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UNCLASSIFIED

Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants
at US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

25 October 2005

To: Ami, Shakir Abdurahim Mohamed
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Ami, Shakir Abdurahim Mohamed
1.

An Administrative Review Board will be convened to review your case to determine if your continued detention is necessary.

2.

The Administrative Review Board will conduct a comprehensive review of all reasonably available and relevant information regarding your case. At the conclusion of this review the Board will make a recommendation to: (1) release you to your home state or to a third state; (2) transfer you to your home state, or a third state, with conditions agreed upon by the United States and your home state, or the third state; or (3) continue your detention under United States control.

3.

The following primary factors favor continued detention:

1. The detainee would be happy to be a martyr for his religion.
2. According to a senior al Qaida operative, the detainee first traveled to Afghanistan in 1993.
3. In 1994, the detainee traveled to Bosnia.
4. The detainee taught Arabs how to fight during the Bosnian-Serb War.
5. In 1998, the detainee visited al Qaida cells in New York City and upstate New York.
6. Also in 1998, the detainee traveled to Afghanistan, where he stayed in the al Ansar guesthouse.
7. The detainee visited the Khaldan Camp.
8. The detainee went to Afghanistan again around 1999.
9. The detainee went to Afghanistan again in 2000 specifically to be with the Mujahidin on the front lines. He ate, slept and carried a gun with the troops on the front line.
10. The detainee was a fighter in Tora Bora and Bagram Afghanistan.
11. The detainee was in charge of a group of men at Tora Bora.
12. The detainee was seen armed with a 82mm mortar and a M43 120mm mortar, which he was taking to the front line.
b. Training
1. The detainee received training on basic explosives and booby traps.
2. The detainee fought against the Serbians and was trained on the use of the AK-47 and rocket propelled grenades.
c. Connections/Associations
1. The detainee is associated with another known terrorist with ties to al Qaida.
2. The detainee is associated with numerous other al Qaida operatives and terrorist supporters.
3. The detainee has links to al Qaida as a recruiter.
4. The detaiene was identified as a member of the London al Qaida cell.
5. The detainee used an associate to gain entry to Afghanistan.
6. This associate is a known al Qaida facilitator.
7. The detainee received assistance from non-governmental organizations known to support al Qaida.
8. the detainee was identified as a member of al Qaida who was present in the Tora Bora region late in 2001.
9. The detainee kenw a former representative of Usama bin Laden in the United Kingdom.
10. The detainee was an advisor to Usama bin Laden and organizer at Tora Bora, Kandahar and Kabul.
11. The detainee was very close to Usama bin Laden and would ask him for advice.
12. The detainee acted as a special interpreter for Usama bin Laden.
13. The detainee received money from Usama bin Laden.
d. Intent
1. The detainee harbors a great hatred for both the governments of Saudi Arabia and of the United States.
2. The detainee referred to himself as a terrorist and stated that the United States would and should fall because it has become an unjust nation.
3. The detainee was described as an al Qaida operative with a strong American dialect who loves to work inside the United States.
e. Other Relevant Data
1. The detainee entered the United States in 1989 and worked in Atlanta, Georgia and Gaithersburg, Maryland.
2. Around 1995, the detainee traveled to Turkey and Holland and from there to England.
3. The detainee took another trip to the United States around 2000 and then traveled to London.
4. The detainee has traveled to Romania where he was introduced to humanitarian organizations including the Islamic Heritage Revival and the Islamic Relief Organization.
5. The detainee appeared to know about a major al Qaida operation prior to its execution.
6. The detainee said he stole a passport and also admitted he bought a forget Belgium passport.
4. The following primary factors favor release or transfer:
a.

The detainee said the lifestyle he led while living in Britain would not allow him to have been involved in organizations associated with terrorism. He is a Mujahidin serving his religion but for good reasons.

b.

The detainee said he was never recruited by anyone and did not play a role with people involved with terrorist acts.

c.

The detainee said he had never heard of al Qaida until 2000 but knew aobut Usama bin Laden.

d.

The detainee said he never met Usama bin Laden. The detainee said he did not know of Usama bin Laden receiving contributions from various organizations. The detainee did not know of anybody preaching about Usama bin Laden in Britain.

e.

The detainee said he never saw any training taking place at the Khaldan camp but saw the caves where the mosque and storage areas were.

f.

The detainee stated that while he was on the front lines in Afghanistan he never fired a shot and that the fighting was not very bad when he was there.

g.

The detainee stated he never served with the Arab Brigade 3rd Corps in Zenitsa, Bosnia. The detainee did admit he delivered food and aid to the 3rd Corps troops.

5.

You will be provided with a meaningful opportunity to be heard and present information to this Board; this includes an opportunity to be physically present at the proceeding. The Assisting Military Officer (AMO) will assist you in reviewing all relevant and reasonably available unclassified information regarding your case. The AMO is not an advocate for or against continued detention, nor may the AMO form a confidential relationship with you or represent you in any other matter.