Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Mohommad Zahir (2007-03-13)

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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
13 March 2007
To: MOHOMMAD ZAHIR
Subject:

Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Mohommad Zahir

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 provided handwritten lists of names of people involved in Taliban, Anti-Coalition Movement activities and provided descriptions, locations and type of activity information on these people.
  2. The detainee worked in the division of logistics building under senior Taliban members. The detainee was originally given a job as a clerk and later he was demoted to working in the office kitchen and cleaning up around the office.
  3. During the Ramadan period of 2001, the. detainee traveled back to Iran to work in construction. The detainee worked in Iran for about six months before returning to Afghanistan. When the detainee returned from Iran he went back to work at the Ghazni police department.
b. Training

The detainee indicated he had fired a Kalashnikov and shotgun and had fought five to six years in the Mujahedin.

c. (U) Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee's duties were to carry rockets for the person who fired the rocket propelled grenade launcher, and provide food and supplies to fellow Mujahedin members.
  2. Between 2000 and July 2001, one of the commanders found out the detainee was educated and decided the detainee should be moved over to the Secret Information Office.
  3. The detainee admitted he worked for the Assistant of Intelligence for the Ghazni, Afghanistan region. The Assistant of Intelligence worked directly under the Taliban Minister of Intelligence.
  4. Qari Ahmedullah is the former Taliban Minister of Intelligence.
  5. The Taliban Minister of Intelligence reported directly to a senior ranking Taliban leader.
  6. The detainee left Afghanistan shortly after his superior was arrested.
  7. The detainee was captured with a fax from a newspaper in Iran. The fax was requesting that Qari Ahmedullah interview Usama bin Laden and included a list of questions related to 11 September 2001.
  8. The detainee was captured in July 2003.
  9. A search of his property turned up two Kalashnikov magazines, two grenades, a high frequency radio, small amounts of ammunition, a canister with Cyrillic writing on it, suspected to be uranium, and an electronic organizer.
  10. The detainee claimed the radio, ammunition, small television like object, calculator like object, guns, binow , Jeep, and heavy can, were left at his home by his superior during the fall of the Taliban.
  11. The detainee also had a map of San Manuel, Cuba, phone books with entries of personnel in CJTF-180 targeting cell tracker, business cards, passports, and pictures.
  12. The detainee indicated the map of Cuba belonged to his superior.
  13. The detainee's superior adamantly denied owning or leaving those items at the detainee's home.
d. Other Relevant Data
  1. The detainee provided information regarding Taliban weapons caches.
  2. The detainee had a list of orphans in his possession. The Taliban set up special military schools and referred to them as orphanages.
4. The following primary factors favor release or transfer:
a.

The detainee stated he has not been associated with the Taliban since his conscription first ended.

b.

The detainee stated he never plotted against coalition forces, or the new government in Afghanistan.

c.

Beginning in the spring of 2003, the detainee taught at a school in Ghazni, Afghanistan for five months before he was arrested.

d.

The detainee's pocket litter contained a letter requesting his reinstatement as a teacher.

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.