Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Muhammad, Abd Al Rahman Abdullah Ali (2006-03-28)

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Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy
Combatants at US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
28 March 2006



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


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.


The following primary factors favor continued detention:

a. Commitment
  1. The detainee borrowed 40,000 Yemeni Riyals from a man who owned several businesses in Yemen.
  2. The detainee had also saved 45,000 Yemeni Riyals of his own from the sale of ghat.
  3. The detainee purchased round trip tickets to Karachi, Pakistan for approximately 45,000 Yemeni Riyals.
  4. The detainee spent three months in Karachi looking for work. The detainee stayed with a Yemeni friend whom he had known for two years.
  5. The detainee visited the Taliban Office in Quetta, Pakistan seeking a teaching job in Afghanistan.
  6. The detainee went to Quetta some time in July or August of 2001. Upon his arrival in Quetta, the detainee went to the Taliban center to fmd work in Afghanistan. The detainee was told that there was no work to be found in Afghanistan. The detainee returned to Karachi two days later and stayed with his friend.
  7. The detainee then returned to the Taliban office in Quetta and paid 1200 Riyals for a guide who took him to Kandahar, Afghanistan to find work.
  8. While in Kandahar, the detainee stayed at a madrassa for ten days . At the end of the ten days, the detainee heard of the New York events and decided to attempt to get out of the country . The people at the madrassa agreed to help him flee, but not before sending him to a known Taliban house 10 to 15 minutes west of Kabul.
  9. The detainee was captured in early December 2001.
b. Connections/Associations
  1. A variant of the detainee's name was on a list of captured Mujahedin located on a hard drive associated with a senior al Qaida operative.
  2. The detainee' s name is on a letter listing 68 probable al Qaida members incarcerated in Pakistan. The undated handwritten letter was recovered, along with materials linked to al Qaida, by allied personnel. The letter provided a list of names of incarcerated Arabs, aliases, and countries of origin, and the letter encourages the correspondent to incite the people against the Pakistani government.
  3. The detainee's name was found on a document listing 324 Arabic names, aliases, and nationalities recovered during a raid on a suspected al Qaida safe house. According to the document, the detainee was in possession of a Saudi passport, ticket, and ID cards.
  4. On 14 December 2001, authorities captured 84 Mujahedin fighters fleeing Afghanistan. The detainee's name, country, and family telephone number were listed on a document published on the internet in July 2002 containing information regarding the capture of suspected Taliban and al Qaida fighters who had crossed the border in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.
  5. The detainees name was found on a computer file that lists contact points and telephone numbers for al Qaida Mujahedin. The file was recovered from computer media seized during raids conducted against al Qaida-associated safe houses in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on 1 March 2003. According to the file, these Mujahedin were among a group who had come to Afghanistan in December 2001 but who had not completed their training and therefore were not ready to fight in the war.
  6. The detainee's name, aliases , and variants were located on a document .listing al Qaida Mujahedin (as well as their trust accounts) found on computer media recovered during raids against al Qaida safe houses.
  7. The detainee's name and alias were listed in a document found on a floppy disk recovered from a raid of a suspected al Qaida safe house on 11 September 2002. The document lists the detainee ' s safety deposit box number and its contents , which includes a passport, ticket, and IDs.
4. The following primary factors favor release or transfer:

The detainee denied having any knowledge of the attacks in the United States prior to their execution on 11 September 2001. The detainee also denied having any knowledge of any rumors or plans of future attacks on the United States or United States interests.


The detainee denied receiving any weapons during his one-month stay in Kabul, Afghanistan.


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.