Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Belkacem, Bensayah (2005-12-28)

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UNCLASSIFIED
Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy
Combatants at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
28 December 2005
To: Belkacem, Bensayah
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Belkacem, Bensayah
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; (2) transfer you to your home state, with conditions agreed upon by the United States and your home state; or (3) continue your detention under United States control.

3. The following primary factors favor continued detention:
a. Commitment
  1. The detainee supported himself and several other naturalized former Bosnian mujahidin and their families.
  2. The detainee planned to coordinate and assist with the travel and arrival of a number of travelers from Afghanistan.
  3. The detainee was identified by a foreign intelligence service as being suspected of terrorist activities.
  4. The detainee has been identified as a primary al Qaida facilitator in Bosnia.
  5. The detainee was one of several Mujahidin Fighters who remained in Bosnia and was known for his ties to the Chechen Movement.
b. Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee was arrested and possessed numerous phone numbers that linked him to Usama bin Laden's operational network in Afghanistan and the global Sunni Extremist Network.
  2. The detainee denied ties to a senior al Qaida member whose phone number was found in a book in the detainee's possession.
  3. A senior al Qaida member reported he has known the detainee since 1993 when the detainee went to Afghanistan from the war in Tajikistan.
c. Other Relevant Data
  1. According to a news article, the detainee was supposed to be in charge of coordinating terrorist attacks to take place after 11 September 2001 and was to become the chief of operations for al Qaida.
  2. The detainee was discovered to have 3.5 million marks in Bosnian currency deposited in a Bosnian bank.
4. The following primary factors favor release or transfer
a. The detainee was adamant that he is known by an alias that is associated with Abu Zubaydah.
b.

The detainee adamantly denied involvement in the plot to blow up the United States Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia. The detainee reported that he was told that there was no case against him and that he would be sent back to Algeria.

c.

The detainee stated he never associated with any terrorists or anyone who want to hurt the United States. He never worked with al Haramayn or al Furquan, although he has heard of al Furguan.

d.

The detainee denied that he ever had a bank account in Sarajevo nor in Bosnia.

e.

The detainee denied being involved in the facilitating of fraudulent passports for other; the only involvement the detainee had with fraudulent passports was that concerning his own fraudulent Yemeni Passport.

f.

The detainee denied any knowledge of the al Farquan and Haramay organizations. He stated the Saudi High Commission could not be a bad organization.

g.

The detainee reported he heard of al Qaida and that Usama bin Laden was the leader but he knew this from the media reports

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.