Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Said Ali Shari 2007-06-05

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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

June 5 2007
To: Shari Ali Said
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Said Ali Shari


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 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.


The following primary factors favor continued detention:

a. Commitment
  1. The detainee is on a watch list, as is accused of facilitating travel for people willing to go to Afghanistan on fake passports.
  2. The detainee met with a group of extremists in Mashad, Iran, following the 11 September 2001 attacks, and briefed them on entry procedures into Afghanistan.
  3. The detainee was identified as an al Qaida facilitator in Mashad, Iran, for youth traveling to Afghanistan.
  4. The detainee wanted two individuals to assassinate a writer based on a fatwa by Sheik Hamud bin Uqla.
b. Training
  1. The detainee trained in urban warfare at the Libyan Camp north of Kabul, Afghanistan.
  2. The detainee's alias was among 100 names taken from Afghanistan based military training camp documents located in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
c. Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee stated he met an individual in Lahore, Pakistan, who advised the detainee to go to the Red Crescent hospital in Quetta, Pakistan to offer his services. The individual was the director of the al Wafa office in Herat, Afghanistan.
  2. Wafa al-Igatha al-Islamia is an Islamic extremist nongovernmental organization that claims to serve humanitarian purposes. However, Wafa has provided logistical support to Usama bin Laden's al Qaida organization, and many of the documents found at the Herat, Afghanistan, al Wafa house pertained to military and terrorist training.
  3. The detainee's alias and phone number was found in the pocket litter of the manager of Wafa al-Igatha al-Islamia in Karachi, Pakistan.
d. Other Relevant Data
  1. The detainee's alias was on a list of Arabs apprehended at a Pakistan border crossing in December 2001. The detainee claimed to be Yemeni and was taken to a civil hospital in Quetta, Pakistan.
  2. The detainee stated he heard about al Qaida often in Afghanistan. The detainee watched Usama bin Laden on televisions and liked his message. The detainee believed that Israel committed the attacks of 11 September 2001.

The following primary factors favor release or transfer:


The detainee denied any involvement or knowledge of assistance provided to jihadists traveling from Iran to Afghanistan. The detainee stated he did not provide any assistance to any person traveling to Pakistan or Afghanistan.


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


The detainee stated that he was just a Muslim and not a terrorist. The detainee denied knowledge of being with known or unknown terrorists.


The detainee has no knowledge of weapons sales to the Taliban, or any non-governmental organization.


The detainee denied knowledge of al Wafa or its objectives.


The detainee stated that if released, he would like to return to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he would reunite with his family. The detainee stated he would attempt to work at his family's furniture store, if it is still in business.


You will be provided with a meaningful opportunity to be heard and present information to this 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.