Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Aziz, Akhmed (2006-09-20)

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UNCLASSIFIED
Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants

at U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Septemver 20 2006

To: Aziz, Akhmed
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Aziz, Akhmed


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:
a. Commitment
1.

The detainee stated he traveled to Afghanistan in September 1999.

2.

The detainee said he was in support of the Taliban's resistance against the Northern Alliance.

3.

A source stated the detainee was a member of al Qaida and that the detainee pledged bayat to Usama bin Laden.

4.

The detainee was arrested on 25 June 2002 after a raid on a safe house in Pakistan. During a search of the house, a cell phone, several empty cell phone boxes, several short-wave radios, a volt/ohm meter and other small electronic components were found. A subscriber idntity module card was found hidden inside a flashlight.

5.

The detainee stated he could not change his beliefs, as he was a fundamentalist, an extremist and an al Qaida member. The detainee said he supported the acts by Usama bin Laden and Ayman Zawihiri and was glad America was attacked the way it was.

b. Training

The detainee went to the front line in Kabul, Afghanistan in the summer break of 2000. The detainee spent about 6 weeks training at the front line with an artillery unit. The detainee was trained on 83mm and 120mm mortars, Kalashnikov, and the rocket propelled grenade.

c. Connections/Associations
1.

The detainee said he became a friend of the Libyans and started to establish ties with them while he lived in Mauritanian as early as 1992. The detainee said that he was never a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. The detainee agreed with the ideologies of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and joined the Libyans to actively fight and die to overthrow the Libyan government.

2.

The detainee admitted he was forced to find support from the Libyan Islamic Fighting Gruop members because they shared a common bond of not agreeing with the government and its officials.

3.

The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group emerged in 1995 among Libyans who had fought against Soviet force in Afghanistan. They declared the government of Libyan leader un-Islamic and pledged to overthrow it. Some members organized against Libyan Government interests, where as others aligned with Usama bin Laden's al Qaida organization or are active in the international Mujahedin network. The group was designated for asset freeze in September 2001.

4.

The detainee believed his direct supervisor was more affiliated with the Taliban than with al Qaida. The detainee said that he visited supervisor's house but never discussed things such as al Qaida.

5.

The detainee stated a man he worked for told him that al Qaida needed a good administrator and approached him on al Qaida's behalf.

6.

A srouce stated that a personal adviser of Usama bin Laden, who leads the Mauritanian al Qaida cell, recruited the detainee.

7.

The detainee attended the wedding of Usama bin Laden's son sometime towards the end of 1999 or the beginning of 2000.

8.

The detainee spoke with Usama bin Laden about the Institute, where the detainee worked as an Arabic language teacher, for approximately five minutes in Octover 2000.

4. The following primary factors favor release or transfer:
a.

The detainee said that he is not a member of al Qaida.

b.

The detainee said he never pledged bayat to Usama bin Laden.

c.

The detainee stated that the 11 September 2001 attacks were wrong and were not in keeping with the teachings of Islam.

d.

The detainee state he had no prior knowledge of the 11 September 2001 attacks against the United States.

5.

You will be afforded a meaningful opportunity to be heard and to present information to the 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.

UNCLASSIFIED