Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Razzak, Abdul (2007-09-07)

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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
7 September 2007
To: Razzak, Abdul
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Razzak, Abdul
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 is an associate member of a Taliban organization that openly harbors and supports hostile Taliban leaders.
  2. The detainee is considered a key employee in transportation for the Taliban organization. The detainee coordinated resources to transport or facilitate the escape of key Taliban leaders. The detainee recruited immediate family members in the name of dismantling the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan. The detainee has served in positions with the intent to do harm or damage to United States and Coalition Forces within Afghanistan.
  3. The detainee stated he was forced to serve the Taliban three months out of every year since they came to power in 1992. The detainee stated he served as a driver for the Taliban.
  4. A source stated the detainee was the second in command of an elite 40 man Taliban unit that was actively involved in assassinating high level Afghan government officials.
  5. A source stated the detainee was originally a freedom fighter against the Soviets, a member of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin, the Taliban, and then al Qaida.
  6. Hezb-e-Islamii Gulbuddin was a major Mujahedin group in the war against the Soviets. The group has long established ties with Usama bin Laden and the group's founder offered to shelter bin Laden after bin Laden fled Sudan in 1996 . The group staged small attacks in its attempt to force United States troops to withdraw from Afghanistan, overthrow the Afghan Transitional Administration and establish a fundamentalist state,
b. Training
A source stated the detainee was involved in a terrorist training camp near Khotal-e-Morcha mountain pass outside of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
c. Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee stated he fought with a commander, who was in charge of approximately 800 to 1 000 soldiers, in the Russian jihad for approximately five years. When the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the commander allied himself with the Taliban and participated in almost every engagement against the Northern Alliance.
  2. The detainee stated he was paid 20,000 United States Dollars to break an individual out of a Taliban prison.
  3. The individual in the previous statement, was a Januat-I-lslami commander who had ties to Iran.
  4. Jamiat Ulema E Islami is a Pakistani political party that is closely affiliated with a number of international terrorist groups based in Pakistan, Kashmir and Afghanistan. The radical Sunni religio-political party is best known for its anti-United States threats, vocal support of Usama bin Laden and sponsorship of some 3,000 religious schools.
d. Other Relevant Data
  1. A source stated the detainee was part of the main security escort that smuggled Usama bin Laden and bin Laden ' s family into Pakistan.
  2. A source stated the detainee was high in. the al Qaida hierarchy, and acted as a smuggler and facilitator . The detainee received money and weapons from Syria. The source stated that an at Qaida operational leader provided weapons to the detainee.
  3. A source stated the detainee was directly involved in assassination attempts. The source stated the detainee attempted to have the source participate in a suicide mission and trained the source on how to use explosive vests.
  4. A source stated the detainee told the source of an assassination plot against Afghanistan President Karzai and the specific route Karzai was to take. The source stated the detainee attempted to have the source kill a governor in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  5. The detainee identified three routes used to smuggle weapons into Afghanistan to supply Jamiat Islami. The routes originate in neighboring countries and end in various areas in Afghanistan
  6. A source stated the detainee received weapons shipments from Syria including crew saved military weapons, plastic explosives , night-vision equipment and missiles, small arms and ammunition. The source stated the detainee has connections to a tribe that smuggles weapons from Syria to Afghanistan via Iran.
4.

The following primary factors favor release or transfer

a.

The detainee stated he had no men serving under him for the last 25 years, prior to 14 June 2003. The detainee stated the last time he fought was against the Russians and that he has not fought since they left. The detainee stated he has not commanded anyone to commit acts of violence or war since he stopped fighting the Russians. The detainee stated he was not a Taliban member.

b.

The detainee stated the reason why an individual is saying bad things about the detainee is because they bad a fight. The detainee stated he did not know this individual in Afghanistan. The detainee stated he first met this individual when they were both in Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

c.

The detainee vehemently denies that he is currently associated with the Taliban.

d.

The detainee denied escorting a convoy that took Usama bin Laden out of Afghanistan.

e.

The detainee stated he was not involved in planning attacks using poison or ordering suicide attacks. The detainee also denied entering any military training camp

f.

One uncorroborated report indicated the detainee was not from the Taliban.

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.

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